Risks of Tonsil and Adenoid Surgery

There are a number of risks associated with any surgical procedure. Some are common to all surgical procedures, and others are specifically related to removal of the tonsils and adenoids. Standard surgical risks may include:

  • Fever
  • Bleeding
  • Infection, and
  • Allergic or adverse reactions to anesthesia medications
Before your child’s surgery, you will have an opportunity to discuss the risks of anesthesia in detail with your healthcare team. They will be able to tell you about the types of medications that will be used, their durations, and any possible side effects.