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Removing Tonsils Can Benefit Children With Sinus Infections

Lettie Cowie, 6, suffered for most of her life with recurring strep infections, bronchitis and sleep problems. Her parents, Lori and Jim, made multiple trips to the doctor's office and pharmacies, desperate to find some way to alleviate her suffering. They decided to make an appointment with Dr. Louis Felder, ENT, who is now seeing patients in Waynesburg.

Dr. Felder joined the SRMC medical staff in 2007. He is also on staff at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC and West Penn Hospital. He is medically and surgically trained to treat disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck in both adult and pediatric patients. Surgically he performs such procedures as removing tonsils and adenoids.

After consulting with Dr. Felder, the Cowies decided to remove Lettie's tonsils and adenoids. On the day of her procedure, Lettie was registered to the short term procedure unit. Her parents were able to stay with her until the time the surgery started. The procedure took about an hour and soon after it was over, her parents were called back to be with her. Lettie, like most patients, returned home the same day. Her only restriction after the surgery was to take it easy for a few days.

The improvements in Lettie were noticeable almost immediately. She feels better, sleeps better and has not had any additional infections.

"Her dad and I looked at each other amazed to find that she was breathing better in her sleep on the same night as her surgery," shared Lori.

Lettie can now stay focused on things she enjoys such as spending time with her friends, dancing, camping and swimming as opposed to fighting infection after infection.

When asked about the success of Lettie's surgery, Dr. Felder shared, "Kids who suffer from recurring sinus infections, colds, strep throat, breathing or sleeping difficulties may greatly benefit from having their tonsils removed."

Dr. Louis Felder is now seeing adult and pediatric patients at the Central Greene Professional Plaza located at 236 Elm Drive in Waynesburg. For more information, you can reach him at (724) 627-3877.

Know the Facts:

Tonsils are clumps of tissue on both sides of the throat that trap bacteria and viruses entering through the throat and produce antibodies to help fight infections.

Tonsillitis occurs when tonsils become infected and swell. If you look down your child's throat with a flashlight, the tonsils may be red and swollen or have a white or yellow coating on them. Other symptoms of tonsillitis may include:

  • sore throat
  • pain or discomfort when swallowing
  • fever
  • swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck

But enlarged or swollen tonsils are a common finding for many kids. Left alone, your child's enlarged tonsils may eventually shrink on their own over the course of several years. Don't rely on your own guesses, though — you might not be able to judge whether your child's tonsils are infected. If you suspect tonsillitis, contact your doctor. Recurrent sore throats and infections should also be evaluated by the doctor, who may order a throat culture to check for strep throat.

Source: www.kidshealth.org

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