Does Tonsillectomy Increase Your Risk of Infections?

One of the most common questions I get asked by parents is, “Don’t the tonsils and adenoids help to fight infections?” My usual response is that yes, they are part of the immune system, but only a small part. There are thousands of lymphoid tissues and glands spread throughout the body. However, if large tonsils […]

7 Sleep Apnea Surgery Myths [Podcast 50]

In this episode, Kathy and I will dispel 7 of the most common myths about sleep apnea surgery. Download mp3  |  Subscribe UPPP doesn’t work Tonsils should not be removed since they help fight infections UPPP causes swallowing problems UPPP makes CPAP impossible to use CPAP is always better than surgery Surgery should not be […]

7 Sleep Apnea Surgery Myths

Jennifer was adamant that her son’s tonsils were not to be removed. They were 4+ “kissing” tonsils, the size of two golf balls, and he was choking 12 times every hour.  I recommended surgery. His mother asked about alternative options. I mentioned CPAP and functional dental appliances as alternative options.  Shaking her head, she asked, […]

7 Sleep Apnea Surgery Myths On The Internet, Debunked

#2: Tonsils and Adenoids Can Grow Back After Surgery

Re-posting an article from 5/5/16.   Amy felt great a few weeks after undergoing tonsillectomy for mild obstructive sleep apnea. She was sleeping better and was able to focus again in school. This lasted about 2 years, but her symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, and sleepiness slowly started to come back. It wasn’t to the same […]

Can Your Tonsils or Adenoids Grow Back After Surgery?

Amy felt great a few weeks after undergoing tonsillectomy for mild obstructive sleep apnea. She was sleeping better and was able to focus again in school. This lasted about 2 years, but her symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, and sleepiness slowly started to come back. It wasn’t to the same degree as before her surgery, but […]