tomo-,-tom, -toma, -tomic, -tomize, -tome, -tomical, -tomically, -tomist, -tomous, -tomy; -otomy

(Greek: cut, incision; section; more often used as a suffix)

tonsillectomy (misspelled as tonsilectomy)
The surgical removal of both tonsils.

A tonsillectomy may be performed in cases of recurrent tonsillitis, or to treat sleep apnea, and some speech disorders.

The tonsils help protect against infections; however, children with large tonsils may have frequent sore throats and ear infections, or have nightly breathing problems. In these cases, surgery to remove the tonsils may be helpful or necessary.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. This means your child will be unconscious and pain-free. The surgeon holds the mouth open to expose the tonsils. The tonsils are then cut or burned away. Steps are taken to control bleeding, and the cut heals naturally without stitches.

A tonsillectomy should be considered when tonsillitis attacks are so frequent or severe that they affect a child's general health or interfere with school, hearing, or breathing; however, some physicians believe tonsillectomies are done more often than necessary, so parents should get a second opinion when there is any doubt.

tonsilloadenoidectomy (s) (noun), tonsilloadenoidectomies (pl)
Tonsillectomy: After Lynn was home again following a tonsilloadenoidectomy she felt much better not having a sore throat so often!
Surgical removal of the neck of the uterus.
A hematoma of the neck.
Cervicotomy; incision of the neck of the uterus.
An opening into the trachea through the neck; generally applied to such an opening after or laryngectomy.
To perform tracheostomy upon.
The surgical creation of an opening into the trachea through the neck, with the tracheal mucosa being brought into continuity with the skin; also, the opening so created. The term is also used to refer to the creation of an opening in the anterior trachea for insertion of a tube to relieve upper airway obstruction and to facilitate ventilation (breathing).
An instrument for use in incising the trachea or the knife usd in tracheotomy.
To perform tracheotomy upon.
Incision of the trachea or cutting an opening into the trachea, usually intended to be temporary Also, tracheostomy.
Excision of a varicose vein.

Related cutting-word units: cast-; castrat-; -cise, -cide; -ectomy; mutil-; put-; sec-, seg-; temno-; trunc-.