Tonsillectomy at Malouf Medical

What is a Tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. The procedure itself is relatively quick (generally under an hour) and is conducted under general anaesthetic. This is a very common procedure, and reportedly is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in Australia and America.

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What is the function of the Tonsils?

The tonsils consist of two oval shaped lymphoid tissues at the back of the throat. Their main purpose is to defend the body against infections, although in doing so are susceptible to bacteria and viral infections. If the infections happen regularly or the tonsils are enlarged and/or causing breathing issues, they are usually removed to improve long term quality of life for patients.

What are some conditions that may require a Tonsillectomy?

  • Chronic / severe tonsillitis
  • Persistent and recurring Strep Throat
  • Enlarged tonsils (resulting in sleep apnoeas, snoring or laboured breathing)
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Tonsillectomy at Malouf Medical

Dr Malouf has performed numerous tonsillectomies over his 18 years in specialist practice. He is also passionate about mentoring and research, and has been involved in the education and mentoring of Griffith University and Bond University Medical Students at Tweed Hospital in NSW for many years.

Dr Malouf has also published a research paper on the subject – “Routine tonsillectomy with KTP laser, in a day surgery setting”.

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Appointment referrals

All appointments for ENT services require a referral from either a GP, an audiologist, another specialist or a dentist. Many GPs already have a referral form to Malouf Medical in their practice management system or they may upload the template from the selection below.

Referral Templates

Below are download links to templates for use in Best Practice (BP) and Medical Director (MD) practice management software.


Instructions (PDF) ENT Referral (ZIP) Sleep Referral (ZIP)


Instructions (PDF) ENT Referral (ZIP) Sleep Referral (ZIP)

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