Tonsillitis Tonsillitis is an inflammatory disease that can cause a sore throat, fever and difficulty swallowing. One case of tonsillitis doesn’t warrant surgery, but if you experience persistent trouble with your tonsils, your doctor may recommend they be removed with surgery (tonsillectomy). Tonsillitis occurs when your tonsils become infected by a virus or bacteria. Tonsils are the oval-shaped areas of pink tissue located at the back of your throat––there’s one on each side. Tonsillitis is more common in children between preschool age to the mid-teenage years. Common symptoms of tonsillitis include red swollen tonsils, white or yellow coating or patches on the tonsils, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, bad breath, stiff neck and headaches. If you have a young child who can’t describe how they feel, look out for symptoms including drooling due to difficulty swallowing, refusal to eat and unusual fussiness. If you experience recurring, chronic or severe tonsillitis, or complications from enlarged tonsils, talk to an Inspira doctor about treatment options. Your doctor may suggest a tonsillectomy if: There has been more than seven episodes in one year Tonsils create breathing or swallowing difficulty Tonsillitis does not respond to antibiotic treatment Tonsillitis causes obstructive sleep apnea To schedule an appointment at a South Jersey facility, call 1-800-INSPIRA. Why Choose Inspira for Tonsillectomy? Sophisticated Surgical Experiences Our award-winning and state-of-the-art surgical facilities have received national recognition and are staffed with fellowship-trained surgeons ready to guide you on your road to recovery. Tonsillectomy is usually an outpatient procedure allowing you to return back to your daily routine quicker, and with less pain. Strength of the Network There’s no reason to travel outside of South Jersey when skilled surgeons are operating right in your community. With more than 150 access points, you can have confidence in the robust community hospital care offered at Inspira. You can trust that you’re getting the best possible care for your tonsillitis. Respected Surgical Leaders Inspira’s surgical team has the expertise, experience and credentials to pass on their knowledge to the surgical leaders of tomorrow. The General Surgery Residency Program is a model of excellence for medical education, research and patient care in a community-based atmosphere. Our surgeons, physicians and nurses provide skillful, compassionate care to everyone that comes to our operating rooms.