Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils due to a viral or bacterial infection. The condition is very common among children and teenagers and is one of the most common causes of sore throat, earache, fever, cough, and headache among paediatric patients. While tonsillitis is often acute, it can also cause serious complications, such as difficulty swallowing and inability to breathe. Some patients may also be highly susceptible to recurrent tonsil infections, thus warranting a tonsillectomy, a surgical procedure that removes the tonsils.
For parents who wish to relieve their children of the pain and difficulty of dealing with frequent tonsillitis, their best option is to find a good hospital and an EENT (eye, ear, nose, throat) surgeon to perform a tonsillectomy. However, although a tonsillectomy is a simple procedure, most patients are surprised to find that it can be quite expensive especially in Western countries such as the US and UK. To make matters worse, patients usually need to wait for months before getting scheduled for the procedure. This means that young patients have to continuously deal with frequent tonsil infections during the waiting period. Fortunately, Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia and Singapore offers the same procedure at a far lower cost and without making patients wait too long.
Tonsillectomy in Southeast Asia is estimated to be about 70% more affordable than in Western countries, even with travel and accommodation costs already thrown in. Despite the huge cost savings, however, the quality of the procedure is comparable to the West thanks to the region’s highly advanced medical facilities and internationally trained surgeons.
Patients looking for a tonsillectomy in Southeast Asia can go to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital, a JCI-accredited facility with highly qualified EENT specialists or to Bangkok Hospital (BGH), which is known for its top-notch paediatrics centre. Bangkok Hospital is part of the Bangkok Hospital Group Medical Center (BMC), which is known all over the world for delivering world-class and multi-award healthcare. It is also accredited by the International Standards Organisation and is the first hospital in Thailand to receive both ISO 9002 and 9001:2000 certifications.
There is no need for young patients to suffer from chronic tonsillitis anymore, thanks to faster scheduling times, lower procedural costs, and lower travel costs of seeking a tonsillectomy in Southeast Asia.