CPT Code: 42820/42821
What are a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?
These are two separate procedures that can be performed at the same time.
A tonsillectomy is a procedure to remove your palatine tonsils. Palatine tonsils are lymphatic or immune tissues located in the back of your throat. When your tonsils become infected or large enough to cause breathing problems or obstructive sleep apnea, then your doctor may recommend undergoing a tonsillectomy.
An adenoidectomy is a procedure to remove adenoid tissue. Adenoids are lymphatic or immune tissues located posteriorly where the nose meets the throat. An adenoidectomy can be performed to treat impaired breathing, obstructive sleep apnea, adenoid infections, or recurrent otitis media (ear infections). Often, in children, the adenoid tissue is removed at the same time as the palatine tonsils.
Your doctor can refer you to a specialist in Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery. From a history and physical exam, a diagnosis can be made. However, special studies such as imaging or a sleep study may be needed as well.
The procedure will be performed by one of our surgeons specializing in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, and typically lasts about 60-90 minutes. At the conclusion of the procedure, you will be transferred to the post anesthesia care unit, where you will be cared for by one of our highly experienced registered nurses.
Typically, if your doctor determines that you need a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, then surgical treatment is strongly recommended. Your doctor may prescribe or recommend adjunctive therapies to help alleviate your symptoms.
Texas Free Market Surgery’s Bundle
What is included
Postop Visit(s)* (if applicable)
Diagnostics* (if applicable)
Durable Medical Equipment (crutches, splints)*
*Our goal is to include as much of care in our price. Though, there are certain things that are not included. Please see our pricing details page. Don’t hesitate to reach if you have any questions on what is and is not included!
What is not included
**While we do not include the cost of hardware or implants, we provide an invoice of this cost prior to the surgery at cost- we do not mark the cost of implantables.
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