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Winter Weather Closings/Delays

Thursday, January 18: WakeMed Physician Practices, urgent cares, and most outpatient services - lab, imaging, rehab and Healthworks - are closed. 

Friday, January 19:  All urgent care locations will open at 8 am. WakeMed Physician Practices and most outpatient services - lab, imaging, rehab and Healthworks - will delay opening until 10 am. 

Learn more about our closings and delays and remember, our hospitals and emergency departments are always open.

Tonsillitis

Tonsils and adenoids, located just behind the nasal passages in the mouth, serve to filter germs. Over time, some people – in particular – develop enlarged and infected tonsils that lead to chronic sore throat, pain and even difficulty breathing difficulties. Adenoids can also become enlarged and infected, causing ear pain and breathing difficultiesproblems breathing. When this happens, your child’s Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist may recommend removal of the tonsils and adenoids.

Common symptoms of tonsillitis and enlarged adenoids

  • Recurring sore throat and difficulty swallowing
  • Bad breath
  • Dental abscesses
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Ear pain
  • Snoring

Usually tonsils and adenoids are removed during the same surgery.

Tonsillectomy

Under general anesthesia, the ENT will perform the surgery through the child’s mouth. There are no external incisions made during the procedure. The tonsils and adenoids are cauterized with a specialized tool that completely removes both and seals the wound. The entire procedure take about 60 minutes, and most children go home the same day.

Learn What to Expect from Tonsillectomy