A tonsillectomy is the surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. 

About a tonsillectomy

A tonsillectomy is a surgery to remove the tonsils. The tonsils are two lumps of tissue located in the back of the throat which help the immune system to protect the body from infection.  

The surgery is one of the most common surgery for children and teens. It is performed for various reasons including infection of the tonsils, and swollen tonsils blocking the airway and making it hard to breathe. 

What happens during the procedure?

The procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes and is performed under general anaesthetic. It is performed through the mouth, so no external cuts will be visible. 

As each case varies, your surgeon will talk you through all detailed steps prior to the procedure. 

What is the recovery period?

The recovery period varies for each case, your healthcare team will advise you on the next steps and will support you throughout your journey with us. 

After the procedure, you may feel tired. It is important to rest on the day and the following day, this will allow you to recover from the general anaesthetic.  

Self-pay package

As well as working with all major insurance companies, we also welcome patients who wish to pay for themselves. 

Below is an outline of our self-pay hospital package which includes tests, hospital stay and procedure. Please note: it does not include consultant fees, which may vary.  

We have a hospital package available for adults and children:

  • Children's hospital package (F3400) from £2,820 (daycase), £3,610 (1 night), and £4,765 (2 night)

Indicative consultant fees from £750

  • Pre-admission outpatient tests, which includes standard pathology and diagnostic tests (ECG & Chest X-ray), if required.
  • Recovery and accommodation which includes up to a 2 night stay in a private room.
  • Ward medications, dressings and nursing consumables.
  • Theatre Procedure: Tonsillectomy, including anaesthetic drugs and theatre consumables.
  • Standard post–op medication issued and used during the inpatient stay.
  • Inpatient physiotherapy, if required and surgical stockings.
  • Discharge medication pertaining to the condition being treated by this package (up to £50).
  • All patient meals and non-alcoholic beverages (light meals for daycases).
  • Consultants Surgeon and Consultant Anaesthetist professional fees (charged directly).
  • If High Dependency or /Intensive Care accommodation is required within the package, an additional supplement of £2,130 or £3,450 per night is chargeable retrospectively.
  • Diagnostic tests, ultrasounds, MRI, CT, PET and nuclear medicine scan, unless stated above.
  • Prosthesis e.g. implants, grafts, mesh etc …
  • Additional pathology and supplies not pertaining to the condition being treated by the package.
  • Blood transfusion if required – Cross- matching, platelets, fresh frozen plasma and other blood products.
  • Histology tests (analysis of specimen, if taken).
  • Neurophysiology, audiology, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
  • Take out supplies.
  • Companion beds and catering for relatives / visitors
  • Personal expenses – telephone calls, additional catering, ambulances, etc…
  • Re-admission for return to theatres
  • If pathology test Resistant Organism Screen (Mdr) is required, £165 will be charged in addition.
  • If microbiologist services are required an additional initial fee of £250 will be chargeable. Thereafter a follow up fee of £200 will be chargeable.

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