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Spare Gallbladder Anyone?

When I was growing up in the seventies, getting your tonsils removed was definitely the trend among children with sore throats. There wasn’t much thought it seemed about how important tonsils were for our health – rather, it was more the excitement of having ice-cream after the surgery!

Luckily as time moved on,  the medical profession has since ‘woken-up’ to the importance of leaving our poor tonsils alone. Getting your tonsils removed (tonsillectomy) is now only performed when patients have frequent and recurrent tonsillitis (usually 5-7 infections a year over the last 2-5 years), which requires repeated courses of antibiotics (if shown to bacterial based- primarily Streptococcus pyogenes) and regular time off from school or work, or if the tonsils are enlarged and block the airways.

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