Can Tonsils Grow Back After Removal?

October 13, 2010

Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures that’s performed today. One question that I’m often asked is, can it grow back? The answer is…it depends. Overall, once you take out all your tonsils, it’s unlikely to come back. However, if you’ve only had most or some of your tonsils removed, as long as there’s inflammation, there’s increased risk that it can slowly grow back. 

Tonsils are made of lymphoid tissue and make up a part of Waldeyer’s ring, with your adenoids at the top in the back of your nose, your two palatine tonsils in your throat, and your single midline lingual tonsils lower down at the base of your tongue.

During early development, your tonsils, like all the other lymph nodes in your body, educates your immune system to tell it what’s part of the body and what’s not. Normally, after childhood, the these tonsillar tissues shrink down to small nubbins.

However, if you have chronic inflammation in your nose or throat, such as from allergies or acid reflux, chronic irritation causes these “glands” in your throat to swell up. One they enlarge, they take up more space in your throat, aggravating various degrees of breathing obstructions.

Adenoids and lingual tonsils are different from palatine tonsils in that the lymphoid tissues are attached directly to the back of the nose or the tongue muscle layer. However, palatine tonsils are surrounded by a thin fibrous capsule that separates the lymphoid tissue from the muscles of the throat.

Traditional tonsillectomy usually involves removing the tonsils along with the fibrous capsule, leaving only the thin membrane covering the muscles. With adenoids, however, it’s usually scraped out, charred or debulked using various devices. It’s literally impossible to remove everything, since you’ll have to remove normal tissues.

Another recent variation of tonsillectomy involves removing only a portion of the tonsils, leaving a thin cuff of tonsil tissues that sit right next to the capsule. Common procedure names you may see include Coblation or sub capsular tonsillectomy. These type of procedures are done more for obstruction and sleep apnea, rather than for infection, where you normally want to take out everything. In theory, having residual tonsil tissues can make you more likely to have tonsillar growth, if you have constant inflammation.

Or if you have small amounts of adenoids remaining, and let’s say you have chronic allergies, then you have a higher chance of your adenoids growing back. I’ve seen this many times in my career. Overall, however, it’s still rare.

Another common condition that’s not often addressed is lingual tonsils. Many people with obstructive sleep apnea will have persistently enlarged lingual tonsils. Chronic stomach juice exposure from apnea is one major reason for these lymphoid tissues to become enlarged. If you have small jaws and a large tongue to begin with, even slightly enlarged lingual tonsils can take up more space behind your tongue, aggravating further collapse and obstruction.

What I often see is that when symptoms of sleep apnea persist or come back after tonsillectomy, it’s usually blamed on your tonsils growing back. Usually when I look, there are no tonsils remaining, but they have large lingual tonsils or significant palatal or tongue collapse. In most cases, the main reason for the multiple levels of narrowing is due to small jaws and dental crowding. Taking out huge tonsils can definitely help in some people, but most people will have persistent sleep apnea, since there will be persistent obstruction due to tongue and/or soft palate collapse.

89 Responses to “Can Tonsils Grow Back After Removal?”

  1. Bryan on October 19th, 2010 11:42 am

    I had my tonsils out 2 years ago this month. Mostly because of chronic sore throat and tonsil stones. They have grown back but are smaller than they were. I did find a small tonsil stone about a month ago.

    Just FYI. Tonsil regrowth may be rare but it definitely can happen.

  2. Taylar on January 22nd, 2011 10:45 am

    Well, i had my tonsils removedwhen i was a little kid. I jus don’t remeber hat age, but anyway, i have like this dry cough, sore, sore throat, &’d i dont know if it’s my tonils or what…it hurt really bad, but it’s probabl not my tonsils. O well
    January 22.2011

  3. Sandra on February 12th, 2011 8:25 pm

    Had my tonsils removed in ’77 during the holidays. Spoke thru my nose for 3 months aterwardsl They grew back two years later and like now, are huge and painfull. Should I have them out again?

  4. Becky on March 25th, 2011 5:05 am

    I had my tonsils taken out when I was about 10 (now 35) and in the last few years have noticed that my tonsils have slightly grown back…I have more on the right then on the left. I never had strep after my tonsils came out, but about 2 years ago, I started getting it….that’s when I noticed the tonsils growing back. I am a nurse and had others look in my throat and it is confirmed that I definitely have tonsils again. Ugghhh…hopefully it doesn’t turn into needing another tonsilectomy.

  5. Nicole on April 11th, 2011 6:43 pm

    I had my tonsils out when I was 9 years old. I am now 22, and have one tonsil that has grown back. I had a sore throat last year and saw something in the back of one side it. I knew I had my tonsils removed, so worried, I went to the ENT doctor. He told me that one of my tonsils grew back. Now whenever I have a sore throat, only that side bothers me! (extremely annoying)

  6. tammy on April 13th, 2011 5:41 pm

    i had my tonsils removed in 1986, I was 4 years old… they grew back and are giving me alot of problems. I went to a specialist and they said they will NOT remove them unless i get strep like 5-6 times a year for a few years. 24 years after no problem they decide to grow back.. and get inflamed all the time.. mainly the right side.. what can I do?

    Perhaps a second opinion? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.

  7. Crystal on April 26th, 2011 12:27 pm

    I had my tonsils taken out when I was 4 years old and they grew back in 09′. Now I’m getting constant sore throats, ear pain and hoarsness. My Dr. said to keep a log of my symptoms and if it happens to frequently then I have to have them removed again. He doesn’t want to do it unless he really needs to.

  8. Dawn on May 14th, 2011 6:24 am

    I went to my doctor last week. as I have swollen glands in my throat and have trouble swallowing – she thought I had tonsilitus, but I informed her that I’d had them removed in 1980, so immediately said that it was just a virus and that I should take paracetamol. What’s going on with doctors today, when they don’t even give you a proper examination?

  9. carol palmer on June 2nd, 2011 5:46 pm

    i can truly say that i am 41 and at 19 i had my tonsils removed totally in Boston Children’s Hospital and they are fully back 23yrs later.Shock is not the word I want this doctor to knowif he want to see he may, I have a full set back like they never left but am in so much may i say growth pain of the throat and no ear infection so now u know for sure

  10. Gail on June 21st, 2011 6:22 pm

    Had my tonsils iout in 1976 at Christmas time. A horrible case of mononucleosis in ’72 left them literally hanging by threads. Back in those days the doctors were never eager to take them out, but they could have saved me scores of strep throats and happier high school memories if they had. Now one side looks like it’s half grown back again. Oddly enough, I’ve now had a chronic mild sore throat on that side – with white patches- for two weeks. Z pack did not help. Strep negative. I have to agree with Dawn – what IS the matter with doctors these days?? It seems like they don’t diagnose like they used to. Is it a liability thing now? I hate spending the money when I feel like it’s a trial and error thing. In the “old days” I think doctors were more qualified – maybe because things were so specialized then and they HAD to learn about everything.

  11. Gail on June 21st, 2011 6:25 pm

    Correction – they WEREN’T so specialized then

  12. Ashlee Thompson on July 16th, 2011 11:36 am

    i had my tonsils taken out 6 years ago due to the fact i had strep throat every month from september ’04 through march of 05 then in april ’05 i had tonsilitis. and then every month from may ’05 through november ’05 i had strep throat again. so november 22nd ’05 they were taken out. and i went to the doctor yesterday. and my right tonsil has grown back. and it is causing me so much pain i cant even think straight. i think once is enough to go through that surgery to where they wont grow back. and i wish i could sue the surgeon. who didnt do their job right!

  13. Lisa S. on July 19th, 2011 4:58 pm

    I had my tonsils removed when I was 17. At the age of 19, my right side of my throat where my tonsil was grew an abscess that I had to get removed. Now a year later, my left tonsil actually grew back all infected, not as an abscess tho. I’ve had three different doctors confirm it was my tonsil growing back. Now I have surgery for another tonsillectomy tomorrow morning. I’m so not looking forward to it.

  14. brenda on July 20th, 2011 1:33 pm

    i had my tonsils out cents 1983 and my throat still hurts bad and dr. glock took them and now it hurts like it did before and what can you do about it now its to late and sometimes it gets so hurting that i cant eat anything i go bed hungery

  15. brenda on July 20th, 2011 1:36 pm

    i thank they should done it right in the first time and i thank people that had there tonsils out they should get in trouble for not doing that surgary right

  16. Shania on July 24th, 2011 7:36 am

    i had my tonsils removed when i was 5 and just a year ago and i only just noticed that they hao grown back nerly the same size, but not only my tonslils grew back but also my aeidnoids im taking medication for it but my doctor said i may have to get them takin out again my throat kills all the time

  17. Paula on July 26th, 2011 9:21 pm

    I had my tonsils removed in 1953, I was 6 at the time. Now I am 63, had sore throat for one week,went to the Dr, he told me my left tonsil was infected, I couldn’t believe my what I was hearing.

  18. Brandi on August 2nd, 2011 5:47 pm

    i had my tonsils out in kindergarten, i was 5 yrs old. i remember my teacher had brought me icecream and popcicles. i thought i was through with the sore throats. now im 27 yrs old, went to the doctors today for a sore throat. i though it was strep or mono. nope its tonsilitis. i have little white splotches on the side of my throat where the tonsils were. i said i had my tonsils out when i was 5, doctor said really?my question is why do a surgery for something that is supposed to be removed from my body if its going to grow back???. i believe only one has grown back so far, but ill tell you what my throat is killing me horribly. feels like its on fire! i better not have to go through it all again :(

  19. shannon on August 6th, 2011 7:13 pm

    All this year I have had sore throats off and on. Less than a month ago I went to my dr. because I had a sore throat for two weeks. He said it may be step and gave me a pres. A few days ago I start to get anouther sore throat. It feels raw and I can barely swallow my own saliva. Along with the aches all over and exhausted. I am thinking strep again. Go to an after hours today. The dr. looks in my mouth and say’s your tonsil are very swollen. I tell him I do not have any tonsils I had them and my adnoids completely removed when I was about 9, after having mono. He took anouther look,gave me a pres. for strep and said that I need to go see my dr. next week because he had never seen anything like what he see in my throat.. I get thinking did they grow back? The last time I remember not being able swallow my onw saliva was way back when I got addmitted for glandular mononeucleosis when I was a kid, resulting in my tonsils needing to be removed. I google it today and now I am thinking I will be telling my dr. I know they grew back. What a shock. A few years ago I had anouther dr. say I had some reddiness around my tonsils. I told him I did not have tonsils then, but he just corected himself say “well I mean where you’s should be” I wounder,were they coming back then.

  20. maria on August 11th, 2011 8:02 pm

    i had my tonsils out 15 years ago and touch wood they have not grown back my lil boy had his out just over a week ago i really hope his dont grow back he use to get tonsilitus every 2 weeks really badly and dont think he could go through having them out again if they come back his only 7 bless him.

  21. Kathy Bost on September 22nd, 2011 8:28 am

    I had my tonsils removed two years ago due to tonsillitis occurring with monotonous regularity. I thought I was done with the sore throats and other symptoms, but yesterday morning I woke up with the familiar rough, sore throat, and a cold sweat. My symptoms just kept getting worse now I have to go to the doctors first thing tomorrow morning. I really hope my tonsils have not grown back. I don’t want to have to go through all that again.

  22. Amy Diane on October 3rd, 2011 7:41 pm

    I had my tonsils removed when I was 10-11 years of age. I was always getting sick whether it be tonsilitis, pneumonia, strep throat, or the common cold. They told me, once my tonsils were removed, that they were horribly infected and there was no wonder why I was getting sick. About 6-8 months ago my fiancé started to notice that I kept getting sick and that I seemed to be less energetic than normal. We thought nothing of it until July of this year when we made an trip to the ER because of me being sick. The doctor checked everything and after looking at my throat pointed out that my tonsils have grown back. Hopefully, after I can stay healthy for a decent length of time, I will have them removed once again.

  23. sophilia on October 10th, 2011 11:17 pm

    ok, this is cray had my tonsils removed in 1981 because i was staying with strep throat fever and ear infeaction had them removed at presbeterian hospital in nyc ,
    when to my doctor with complaints of a sore throat and thought my glands were swollen he said your tonsils are inflammed and was put on antiboitics and need to see an ent doctor to have them removed again , this is crazy ! iwant my money back for the first surgery my mother wants a refund !

  24. sophilia on October 10th, 2011 11:19 pm

    sorry everyone for the spelling errors !

  25. Vince on October 28th, 2011 1:30 pm

    I had my tonsils removed last February and I just started having a sore throat. I rubbed my neck and it feels like if I have tonsils! I opened my mouth and don’t see any tonsils!

  26. Becca on November 7th, 2011 4:04 am

    I had mine out may 1994 when I was 20. After a 3 hour surgery I had complications from the anasthesia which made my life more miserable. I learned that my tonsils had petried (while attached still) and my dr had a “helluva” removing them cleanly. I spent 4 days in the hospital and life after my release was far more horrifying. I couldn’t eat or drink…. If I smiled or tried hold back a sneeze or cough I would vomit ( which was like breathing fire) it took me 6-8 weeks to recover to a point I could function as a human. I could eat a meal and do my laundry. It was fatiguing. I am now 37 and I STILL have affects of that surgery. When I laugh or cry my throat in that area tightens and hurts like it tenses up… If I speak for very long or I cry while talking (im a girl we do that) it tightens so much I can no longer talk… These are direct affects of MY tonsillectomy. This my life… I would much rather give birth 3 more times with NO DRUGS OR EPIDURAL than have a tonsillectomy.

  27. AmyA on November 14th, 2011 4:22 pm

    I had my tonsils and adenoids removed at the age of 5 and again at 8, and I am now 38 and was informed they have grown back for a third time!!!! Unless I continue to get sick with infections I will not be having surgery again!

  28. Grant D. on December 18th, 2011 6:50 pm

    I had my tonsils out about seven years ago. Now the little hangy thing is back and angry. Not happy.

  29. Steven Park on December 18th, 2011 7:24 pm

    Grant, and all the others who were kind enough to post on this blog: A tonsillectomy is not an all or nothing procedure. There are many variations, different surgeons, and different degrees of tonsillectomy. If you have any residual tonsil tissues from a previous tonsillectomy, it’s possible to have re-growth, especially if there’s a chronic source of inflammation. The vast majority of people who undergo tonsillectomy do well for years of decades after their procedures, but there are definitely some people like yourselves that have persistent or recurrent tonsil enlargement. As I’ve mentioned before, even if you got the remaining tonsils removed, there’s still a small chance that you’ll still have your throat symptoms. Allergies or reflux are the most common causes of inflammation, which should always be first addressed, before considering any surgical procedure. I explain this in much more detail in all my other articles and in my book.

  30. cendi salad on January 18th, 2012 3:05 am

    Ok so about 3 years ago I got my tonsils removed , I just recently discovered that they left a piece on my left side & it , its causing me an earache as well, Could I sue whoever my doctor was for not doing his job right ?

  31. Steven Park on January 18th, 2012 6:08 am


    It’s unlikely your ear pain is caused by residual tonsils. There are a number of other reasons for ear pain that are not related to tonsils. Although many cases of throat and ear symptoms do get better after tonsillectomy, in some cases, they do not. I always warn patients that these symptoms may not get better when counseling for surgery.

  32. Tricia on January 27th, 2012 8:58 pm

    I hammy tonsils out when I was 4, I am18 and I went to the doctor today and he recommended that I get mine out. I was like I got them out but he said he would have never thought. Do you think they grew back.

  33. calvin on January 30th, 2012 9:59 am

    I have the tonsil growing back on the left side verified by doctor. Funny he thought I was crazy till he looked. It gets soar often and when he noticed I said take it out . He said we should wait that this is not a simple operation and is risky. Not sure what that means. I figured he could remove right then or at least as outpatient. How risky is it. Getting to be uncomfortable too often. It will heal back on its own but some times takes too long and is painful.

  34. Katherine on April 4th, 2012 7:57 am

    I just had my surgery 3/28/12. The surgery itself seems simple and I was out of the hospital within an hour of waking up. I thought I was getting better, but tonight(a week later) i am in the most horrible pain yet. How long is this going to take to recover from really??? Does it vary? I would be so angry if I had to do this again. And to those people saying they get tonsillitis and steep often and the dr still doesn’t want to take them out, find a new ent. It sucks being sick all of the time. I was sick for like 3 years before we figured I needed these things out. And I suggested it to my dr.(for those who say no one does actual exams anymore, totally true, and sad). Might as well go to Obama care since 90% of the drs don’t do shit anyway.

  35. anne marie on April 13th, 2012 9:14 pm

    Im going in for my 3rd tonsilectotomy….so yeah they do grow back

  36. joseph on August 1st, 2012 6:11 am

    hello….i had tonsillectomy three months ago, but one month after that operation,the tonsils stone came back with high pain compared to previous…it is a month now since i did the second operation, the problem i do experience now is difficult swallowing and severe pain, it is a month now but still i have not recovery perfect…..wht is the problem.

  37. Sophie on August 10th, 2012 7:51 am

    I had my tonsils removed when I was 2, now I am sixteen and they are growing back. :(

  38. Kara on August 24th, 2012 8:19 am

    Dr. Park, My son is almost nine years old.
    His adenoids have grown back five times and his tonsils have grown back seven times. He has severe sleep apnea.
    He has had surgeries every year of his life.
    I am at a loss as to why his adenoids and tonsils keep coming back.
    Please let me know what you think and what we should do now.
    He is always tired, he has learning issues and a 1:1 for behavior at school.
    He is overweight. When he was a baby until age 3 he was hyperactive and couldn’t sit still.
    Now, he is very slow-going and hates to move around a lot.

    Thank you for your help.

  39. Steven Park on August 24th, 2012 8:27 am


    Sorry to hear about your son. Without examining him, I can’t give an accurate diagnosis, but it sounds like you need to get his obstructive sleep apnea treated definitively. Good luck.

  40. Your retarded on October 1st, 2012 6:15 pm

    Hmmm…. It depends is the wrong answer, yes is the right answer. The question can they grow back is yes or no. As you go on to describe the circumstances of them growing back that would make the answer a yes.

  41. Steven Park on October 1st, 2012 6:36 pm


    Notice that the title is a rhetorical question. As I pointed out in the article, the more completely you remove the tonsils, the less likely they will grow back. Your response is like a lawyer asking a witness if something is possible, despite a very, very, very small chance of it being possible. The witness is pigeonholed into giving either a yes or no answer.

  42. kellieyork123 on October 29th, 2012 9:51 am

    my sister ask if they grow back

  43. ally on November 24th, 2012 3:26 pm

    I am 22 and got my tonsils removed about 2 or 3 months ago. It was a very rough recovery, in and out of A&E. I have noticed a massive improvement, i.e.have an appetite and dont feel like a walking zombie, and dont have tonsillitis any more. The only thing is i have now had a cold and a very sore/ dry throat ,and my throat feels burny, every morning, ive had this for about 5 weeks on going , and also a very blokd nose and fever ,etc. Is this part of recovery stil? Or shuld my sore throat be gone ?

  44. Steven Park on November 24th, 2012 8:32 pm

    Ms. York,

    I answer your sister’s question in the text of my blog.

  45. Steven Park on November 24th, 2012 8:33 pm


    Sorry to hear about your ongoing health issues. Unfortunately, I can’t say for sure without examining you. This is something you need to bring up with your surgeon. Good luck.

  46. Micki on December 4th, 2012 6:32 pm

    Dr. Park,

    I am writing for a 16 year old family member who has just found out her tonsils have regrown for the 8th time. We have been told that the tonsil tissue extends into the larynx. The doctors she has seen are concerned that removing more tissue will leave her without a voice. Do you have any information or resources to offer on this issue?

  47. Sara Cook on January 1st, 2013 11:28 am

    I am 34 and had my tonsils removed at 16 from constant tonsillitis. I woke up this morning with big white dots all over the back of my throat and it looks like my tonsils have grown back as they’re covered in spots too. I can’t talk or swallow and have had a monstrous headache and fever all day. Is there a way to tell if it’s caused from bacteria or a virus? Should I hope for the best or head to the doctor immediately? Thanks

  48. Steven Park on January 1st, 2013 1:18 pm


    It sounds like you need to see your doctor about it ASAP.

  49. Sara Cook on January 1st, 2013 9:07 pm

    Yes, it seems they’ve grown back. I’ve been put on a course of Penicillin. The doc however did mention that if the antibiotics didn’t work then it might be Glandular Fever. It feels and looks like the tonsillitis I had as a child. Wish me luck.

  50. Judy on January 2nd, 2013 7:54 pm

    I recently had outpatient surgery on my veins. The anesthesiologist remarked that it was difficult to get the air tube down my throat due to an enlarged left tonsil. I was surprised since I had my tonsils removed when I was 15 months old. I am now 63. I will make an appointment with an ent to find out what’s up, but am discouraged by these tales of the difficulties people encounter.

  51. Steven Park on January 2nd, 2013 8:49 pm


    Sorry, but without examining your relative, I can’t give any opinions. It sounds like something unusual, so an individualized approach is warranted.

  52. Omkar Kunwar on January 18th, 2013 7:59 pm

    Dear Dr. Park,
    I got surgery 5 months back to remove my tonsils. But, nowadays I am getting little pain near the side of tonsils and its getting worsening. Would you please let me advice for this problem in detail?

  53. Kayla on February 4th, 2013 11:59 am

    I am 16 amost 17 and i have really bad cases of getting strep throat. Last winter (2012) i was told i needed surgery to get them out. But of course we could not afford to have this done at that time becasue it costs $1,000. Well three days ago i woke from my sleep and i could not breathe. My strep was way past stage 4 and i was sent to the emergancy room. They gave me antibiotics and stuff for the pain but that is it. I need to get them out soon just have to find a doctor around here that acepts our insurince.

  54. Thomas Thompson on March 16th, 2013 4:29 pm

    Tonsils are excellent at doing what they are needed for and against.

    Be certain of diagnosing selves.

    Tonsils growing back is a boon, and well worth learning for very certain .why tonsils have grown in again, and for repeating — for all genuinely needing what should not have been removed at all.

    Real doctors heal. Sloppy butchers cut things out and throw away. what should never be cut out.

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  56. Sharon on April 1st, 2013 1:44 pm

    Had my tonsils out when I was 28 and Almost died from the Infection and medince they put me on Now I woke up Easter morning with a really bad sore thoat I am going to the doctor this after noon sure hope it is not my tonsils or strep can’t go thru that again Not after twenty- five years!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Rehana parvin on April 28th, 2013 2:44 pm

    Dr Park,
    My is daughter 10 and she is having large adenoids that causing bad breathes, sleeping disturbance,blocked nose,breathing through mouth, ear infections,sore throat and recurrent tonsil infections. Her tonsils are not large.Dr advised to remove both of her tonsils and adenoids. Can’t only adenoidectomy help her to solve all the problems including throats infections? I am afraid that my elder daughter is suffering from weight gaining and became sluggish after both of her tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy when she was 6. I don’t want my another child to suffer from the same problem. pls help me giving the best advise.

  58. Steven Park on April 28th, 2013 9:44 pm

    Ms. Parvin,

    Sorry, but I can’t comment on your daughter’s situation without examining her. There are numerous pros and cons of taking out her tonsils in addition to an adenoidectomy, and these issues should be discussed with your surgeon.

  59. Jane Thomasson on May 10th, 2013 9:29 am

    I had my tonsils out when I was 7 and they grew back. When in my early 30’s I had them out again, and they still come back today (now in my 40s).

    I frequentyl feel them, enlarged and sore, but I’m not having them out a third time. All that pain, they will probably come back again.


  60. Kim on May 13th, 2013 10:11 am

    I wonder why nobody wonders why we keep getting these infections,our tonsils are merely doing their job. I’m leaning towards chronic infection caused by vaccinations……there I said it…. Lets see if this actually gets posted..

  61. Travis Ray on May 30th, 2013 10:15 pm

    Ae(I) had my tonsils and adenoids removed when Ae was a little kid, but Ae’ve been having these “curds” coming up from the back of my throat, Ae didn’t find it concerning in the least until today, when one that was larger than the normal size of the ones that came up before, so, Ae looked it up and it said they were “Tonsil Stones” and it had the same description as what those “curds” were, and Ae found it weird since Ae had my tonsils removed, and Ae asked my parents to confirm that my tonsils were removed, and they said they were removed and that they shouldn’t grow back, but according to this, they have, ’cause Ae’ve had soreness in my throat since Ae was a little kid, not as in like the illness, but it felt more like soreness of a bruise or over used muscles, along with these “curds”

  62. Wantana on August 22nd, 2013 2:50 am

    Hi..First of all, I come from Thailand and I also had tonsil out at the end of May this year. After took it out, I become sickly person like I got a cold for 3 times, also had a sore throat. I went to see the doctor and he said that it’s not because of tonsil surgery. But it makes me worry as I never be like this before. I might get a cold but not too often like this. I can tell that in Thailand the doctor would like to take tonsil out even if you did not suffer from them too much. I was the one who got sick because of tonsil just only 2 times a year, they were not big and not affect to my breathing. But doctor insisted to took it out. So I decided to get in the surgery. Could you please help to give any suggestions why I become a sickly person? What should I do to be the old person? Thank you in advance…and greeting from Thailand.

  63. Keith on September 7th, 2013 1:06 pm

    I had my tonsils removed when I was 4 years old. I am 42 now. They have grown back and I suspect they are the root problem of my gag reflex causing me to vomit especially during the allergy season which is nearly year round here in Texas.

  64. Renee Jaggers on September 21st, 2013 6:40 pm

    I had my adenoids out 3 times, when I was 3, 5, and 8, and my tonsils out twice, once when I was 3 and once at 8. My tonsils have since grown back. My adenoids have not. I had them taken out due to hearing loss from them compressing on my eustachian tubes. I have not had any problems with my tonsils since they have grown back. They are just kind of hanging out there. As a matter of fact, I rarely get a sore throat, unless it is allergy related.

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  66. lakshmi on October 15th, 2013 5:30 am

    hi…. first of all iam come from lndia. My friend had tonsils and they are removed when he was 20years old | he 21now. there was a pain in the place of surgery so he got a doubt any re growth in tonsils. so please suggest for this problem what is the treatment and precautions

  67. Kitty on January 15th, 2014 2:45 am

    O.o Okay first of all… it’s not the surgeon’s fault if the tonsils start to grow back.. blame your Lymphoid tissue!! It has the potential to regrow due to the tissue. I had my tonsils taken out when I was 2 due to sleep apnea where I would stop breathing.. and now, at the age of 23 came down with Strep and some issues swallowing and such and found knots in the back of my throat. My doctor told me it looked like my lymphoid tissue growing back ( Tonsils ) And to watch it since I had mine removed due to problems at a young age. She then told me to come back if they got bigger or spread, and in 2 weeks times they spread on both sides and just not very pleasant.. so now I am going BACK to the doctor to be referred to an ENT to have them checked out… O.o It’s crazy, but some things in the human body can regrow when removed….. so I found it quite silly to hear some people complaining about the doctors not doing the surgery right o.o It’s not something the surgeons can help if you happen to have regrowth of your tonsils a few years after having them removed O.O Hope this helps !! :3

  68. alisha Dana on February 9th, 2014 5:11 am

    Hi.. I have tonsillitis since I was young and now I’m 16 years old and I’m scheduled this February to remove my tonsil (tonsillectomy) .. I’m afraid that my tonsil will not grow again because I’m thinking no one will catch the bacteria from my mouth anymore except tonsil but my doctor told me that if I will not let my tonsil to be remove there’s a big chance that it will lead to rheumatic heart disease because the bacteria in will go down to my heart, my question is.. Is it true? Ill wait for the answer doctor, I’m from philippines by the way.

  69. Thomas Thompson on February 10th, 2014 3:18 pm

    You should always recognize and respect that you are your Primary Doctor.

    Cutting anything out/off to throw away without caring to truly know what those matters are for and against is a criminal problem of many, many mogul morons very fraudulently posing as Doctors these days,

  70. Thomas Thompson on February 10th, 2014 3:28 pm

    Your heart is mighty well.

  71. alisha Dana on February 22nd, 2014 2:56 am

    I have a good voice and I’m wondering if it will change after the operation. Is it true?

  72. Sana on March 10th, 2014 1:17 pm

    I had my tonsils removed when I was about 4 years old.After few months I undrestood that i speak like sick people all the time so i went to the same doctor and he told me that my tonsils are back much bigger….so i removed them again and now i really wanna know if they come back for the THIRD time or not! If anyone knows,please help me figure it out!!!! THANKS!

  73. Sana on March 10th, 2014 1:19 pm

    Ah…i forgot to say i’m 17 right now and i removed my tonsils for the second time about a year ago!

  74. Sana on March 10th, 2014 1:21 pm

    To alisha dana
    Yess it is…. Your voice becomes great after the surgery! Be sure ! My voice was aweful…i couldn’t speak well but after removing my tonsils,my voice extremely got better!!!!!

  75. Chee' on April 8th, 2014 7:38 am

    I’ve been sick almost year long but it’s like light a little sniffle and cough. Then a couple of days ago I began to feel terrible, I can’t whole food,I hardly can swallow my own saliva. So I went to the doctor, he says my tonsil are so enlarge he’s never seen a child’s so bad (I’m 15 btw) & I have a high fever. He says if I can’t keep my medicine down the next couple of days, I’m going to have to get them removed. I’m so scared I never had to get anything removed before. But I wanted to would it be best for them to get removed instead of holding on to them? Help me please

  76. Steven Park on April 8th, 2014 4:30 pm


    I can’t say without examining you, but large tonsils with symptoms are an indication for tonsillectomy. Talk to an ENT surgeon to see if he or she recommends surgery. Good luck.

  77. Tina on April 9th, 2014 12:30 pm

    Had my tonsils taken out in 1986 I was 5 as the time. Several years ago I got a really bad sore throat. Went to the er and the Dr said I had tonsilitis without tonsils. Now for the last few months I have been getting sore throats again. Went to the Dr yesterday and they said I have some strange tissue growth on the back of my throat. Said it almost looks like tonsil tissue.

  78. Sheena on July 14th, 2014 11:39 pm

    My son is 2 years old and just had his tonsils removed 3 months ago. Now he is due back in the surgery room tomorrow because they have grown back and he is suffering from sleep apnea again. I really hope they don’t grow back a third time at any age. I’m super nervous since he is so small but I’m hoping for the best!

  79. Sans on July 31st, 2014 3:55 pm

    In 1973 my tonsils grew back and abscessed on the roof of my mouth. It was the doctors opinion that they were poisoning my blood stream because i originally went in to see him because over a years period of time before seeing him I had suffered with one boil/cyst at a time for a year. 17 out of 19 were on my face. 2 on my lower back. Like i mentioned they came one at a time. I remember the first one started on my right eyebrow and the pain was horrible. the only way they could be removed was thru a MD’s lancing them. Now, you know that age is very sensitive to acne and blemishes in general. I had never had any acne , face sores …only incredible skin which i took for granted- like all 16 year olds do. After the 19th one on my chin , my sister took me to her doctor. I didn’t have a sore throat, i just had this huge and very painful, (so much so that it made it difficult to talk) boil on my chin. By now i was in my freshman year in college. He took one look down my throat and told me what he saw. My tonsils had grown back on the roof of my mouth and abcessed. An hour later, the MD was sedating me and burning the tonsils, with what looked like a wood burning tool, off the roof of my mouth. The procedure left two white streaks of cut away flesh on opposite sides of the uvula …. which i still have now and I’m 57.
    What is very amazing about this week in my life is that everything I have gone through medically seems to be all joining up and painting a picture of possible hope as to what the problem may be. I digress. what i wanted to mention is that i rarely had sore throats, never have had strep. No allergies as a child, but I had chronic asthma with a heart murmur systolic 6. Until we moved from Florida to Wyoming. the asthma changed over night it appeared. I went from missing more school in grade school because of asthmatic episodes to never missing school in wyoming. Back then they said it was do to the climate difference. personally I think it was fresh air and less stress. Who has stress as a grade schooler. back then? Well, Now I have central sleep apnea , Chiari malformation- both of which i diagnosed myself and pushed the MD’s to examine. MD’s who are not self confident truly are miffed when you go in telling them what is wrong with you and to help fix it. I SAY ” IF I DON’T KNOW MY BODY BETTER THEN ANYONE ELSE THAN I HAVEN’T HAD IT VERY LONG. ” AND in closing , I agree about the incompetence of doctors now. I think the individual, other than surgeries, is just as informed. Does your doctor just sit in front of a computer and tap in the symptoms you give him and the computer spits out the medication recommended. I think the law suits will mount….computers are only as smart as the person using them……I have self diagnosed for the last 15 years and have been 100% accurate , even in the opposition of the attending MD. Ha From heart failure to neuropathy, Chiari malformation to central sleep apnea. And I have come to conclusion that my tonsils growing back kicked off the entire medical mess and compounding symptoms of central apnea. sorry I’m so wordy. I am a writer and artist and well, just be glad I’m typing and not talking lol. thanks for letting me vent.

  80. Dorea on August 11th, 2014 12:54 am

    “Another common condition that’s not often addressed is lingual tonsils. Many people with obstructive sleep apnea will have persistently enlarged lingual tonsils. Chronic stomach juice exposure from apnea is one major reason for these lymphoid tissues to become enlarged. If you have small jaws and a large tongue to begin with, even slightly enlarged lingual tonsils can take up more space behind your tongue, aggravating further collapse and obstruction.

    What I often see is that when symptoms of sleep apnea persist or come back after tonsillectomy, it’s usually blamed on your tonsils growing back. Usually when I look, there are no tonsils remaining, but they have large lingual tonsils or significant palatal or tongue collapse.”

    So what is the solution to this? If I am able to control the reflux will my lingual tonsils stay enlarged or will they return to a better size once they don’t have the reflux irritating them? I literally can’t eat much of anything because I have no room in my throat.

    I began having swallowing problems in January, my palatine tonsils and part of my uvula were removed in March, I am 34. LPR has been suspected since May when I was still having issues with food being stuck post-tonsillectomy. Barium swallow led to “the radiologist thinks it’s LPR, take Nexium and don’t eat before bedtime and do some speech therapy” and then the ENT stopped responding to further requests or communications (such as a request for an esophogram) from my Speech Pathologist. I went to a new ENT and he did a laryngoscopy immediately (original ENT had not at all) and observed the large size of my lingual tonsils. My epiglottis is right up against the lingual tonsil. The laryngoscopy was done around 2 p.m., I had last eaten at 9 a.m. (oatmeal) and there was STILL food residue on the lingual tonsil. He also observed some interarytenoid pachydermia but no dysfunction in my vocal folds opening/closing normally.

    He believes that I have been refluxing for years unbeknownst to me and that it is also likely what caused my palatine tonsils to increase in size, which subsequently led to their removal. It wasn’t until after that surgery in March that I exhibited any other symptoms (post-nasal drip, throat clearing, vocal strain) so it was really silent until then.

    My new ENT has ordered an esophogram. He also would like me to get a 4-channel 25-hour pH probe test but I have been unable to find a hospital or provider in my state with the proper equipment to perform the test. He has also doubled my PPI from 40 mg Nexium once per day to twice per day.

    So I have been unable to swallow most foods since about January. It’s now August. I am having problems even being able to get adequate nutrition / enough calories. I have been following the entire list of dietary restrictions for LPR that I found online since July 16th–(nearly a month). My original ENT did not address those at all with me either–it was my subsequent research that brought those to my attention. Finding food options that do not violate the LPR recommended guidelines and will also literally fit down my throat and not be caught or stuck there for up to 6 hours in some cases is really difficult.

    I have been unable to determine from any of my investigations if controlling the reflux might allow the inflammation to recede or if it will just stop further inflammation and anything beyond that is unpredictable? …. I am just trying to ascertain the best/worst case scenarios for myself and determine how long on this regimen I can continue before I know if I will have to intervene some other way with regards to my oversized lingual tonsils.

    Also, how often should I have some sort of laryngoscopy performed to watch out for any sort of signs of cancer? If I have had prolonged reflux, what is the standard recommendation in that regard? How long after the symptoms and irritation are cleared up is repair assumed and does the cancer danger diminish at that point?

  81. Emma on October 14th, 2014 12:13 pm

    I had my huge tonsils removed in July this year (3 months ago) and my left tonsil has regrown. I was referred back to the hospital and they have referred me to get it removed, marked as an emergency so I will have my surgery in 6 weeks. They said they will send the tonsil to the lab for results after. This is because it has grown to the size of a regular tonsil within 3 months, which is very unusual.

  82. Moni on October 21st, 2014 2:55 am

    I had my tonsils removed two years back , my throat is painful and cant swalow anything , it is so painful yhooo . Going to check out what is it.

  83. Nikki on November 17th, 2014 2:27 am

    I got my tonsils removed back in July of this year because I kept getting strep and tonsilitus and I had tonsil stones all the time. Within the last two months I’ve been finding tiny white things that look like tonsil stones and I told myself that it couldn’t be because my tonsils are gone. But now these last few days my throat is being all dry and sore like it was when I had tonsils but only on the left side and I looked in my throat and there is a little bit of something there on the side of my throat.
    Someone on here mentioned how you can use your hand to feel the gland area where your tonsils should be and I can feel something there on the left side but nothing on the right. My doctor didn’t even warn me that tonsils could grow back. And I was in sommuch pain when I had them out, especially because the prescription pain killers

  84. Nikki on November 17th, 2014 2:33 am

    *that I was given made me throw up. I was stuck taking children’s liquid Tylenol for three weeks. And now I have to go back to my doctor to see if I can have them out before new years because my insurance switches over so my deductible won’t be met anymore. I’m going to have to live with this through Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m 22 years old. It’s not like I’m a kid where I am still growing where there would be reasonable suspicion of them growing back. I feel like I should sue the doctor that did the surgery. He literally told me that I would get them out once and never have to deal with them again.

  85. Steven Park on November 17th, 2014 11:22 am


    Sorry to hear about your experience. In general, tonsillectomy is very effective for tonsil stones, but no surgery is ever 100%. A surgeon can do everything correctly, and once in a while you don’t get the result that you want. This is an issue that you should discuss with your surgeon.

  86. Wifey on November 20th, 2014 4:53 am

    Dear Steven,

    My husband, aged 43, was recently operated because of his obstructive sleep apnea and with the procedure, (some of the) the tonsil tissue was removed, among other things (tongue replacement). However his apnea hasn’t totally disappeared (although breathing stops per night went down; now 24 whilst sleeping on his back, and 17 during side; from 46 and 30 respectfully).

    The surgeon said that not totally getting rid of his apnea is due to excessieve tonsil tissue (i.e. overgrowth) and that he doesn’t dare to operate anymore due to fearing that removing and thereby scarring the remaining tissue, he (my husband that is) might develop some problems with swallowing.

    He also said he hasn’t seen anything like this before, nor has the other surgeon based in the same hospital he consulted. I then again refuse to believe that my husband would be the only person in the world who has this anomality. Infection has been ruled out (?) with 10 days of Prednison.

    What is your experience on this please; have you seen this excessive growth of the mentioned tissue before, and have you been able to operate succesfully?

    Alternative given to us at this point is a night retainer pulling the jaw forwards, or a CPAP mask.

  87. Ashley on December 10th, 2014 9:43 pm

    Hi Dr. Park I would appreciate your response. I am 27 years old, had a tonsillectomy almost 4 months ago. About a month after, all of my allergy symptoms I’ve had in the past have started to come back like they never were before : chronic urticaria, throat swelling after eating ( visibly and feels swollen on the back of my throat) , uvula gets red and feels wierd, pharynx gets many red veins when I feel this discomfort. My ent surgeon seems to think it’s just allergies , and has not given me any answers or help/relief. Have you seen this happen before ? Perhaps my immune system has lowered since I don’t have my tonsils as a defense ? Maybe my throat tissues are reacting to allergens differently now that I don’t have tonsils ? I would appreciate any help or advice. Thanks .

  88. Sharlyn Whitson on December 30th, 2014 2:00 pm

    Same here had my tonsils, and adenoids removed when I was a toddler, due to me always being sick all the time, had strep lots of times, and tonsillitis a lot etc… And now 31 years later they have grown back and I’m constantly getting sick again. :( this is so annoying. Just wish I was healthy again I loved not being sick. I never missed a day of school perfect attendance for 12+ years, now I’m missing work it seems all the time, I’m sick all the time and miserable. :( tonsils suck, I wish they did not grow back once removed, or if so you should be able to get them removed again with no cost. Surgery is so expensive. I’m just tired of being sick getting sick so easily. Missing work sux. It looks as though I’m unreliable. :( Because I am always getting sick just this month alone, I had flu ( also had the flu shot), then I had strep back to back. :(

  89. Linda on April 20th, 2015 9:24 am

    i had mine removed 8 years ago am 36 years old whenever its cold i get a sore throat and its so so so painful. i regret removing them coz the pain i experience now is something out of this world. my 2 children have them but i dont think i will let them have theirs removed.

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