Sorry to hear that your brother had a surgery
with an outcome that he did not anticipate. I would recommend that he discuss the results, and outcomes with his surgeon
, as I am not privy to the specifics of the case, and the discussion pre and post-op that his surgeon had with him. So as a result I am not up to date on the specifics of the case (nor should I be in this setting). If he is unsatisfied with his surgeon, I would recommend that he get another opinion from an ENT (or otolaryngologist
). There are a number of different tonsil in everyone. There are adenoids, which Are like tonsils in the back of the nose, lingual tonsils (which are tonsils along the base of your tongue), and palatine tonsils (which are the tonsils that most people refer to). The pharyngeal tonsils do extend superiorly up into the soft palate, which needs to be reflected away when resecting the superior pole of the tonsils. They also extend down to the base of the tongue, and a cuff of the lingual tonsils is typically taken with a tonsillectomy. The uvula is not typically included in a tonsillectomy, unless other circumstances dictate the removal of it. I hope this helps, and answers your questions. Again I recommend that your brother discuss any questions he might have with his surgeon.