Now, this is just what I have gleaned from message boards from individuals, and I don't have anything bookmarked, so I can't get you back to the origional sources... I hope I make some sense, this was enough to keep me away from surgery because it is not a sure thing that surgery would cure it...
Okay, so first off, more than one person said the ENTs they went to had no idea what a tonsil stone (tonsilith) was in the first place and said the white stuff was pus and an active infection and they needed their tonsils out asap or they were at risk for massive sepsis... Which is obviously not true, and goes to show that some ENTs can be like some urologists when it comes to foreskin. Both of those body parts have been automatically cut out/off for so long that "modern medicine" doesn't exactly know the purposes and functions of them, they just know how to remove 'em... Personally, I think there is a purpose to the tonsils (why else would we have 'em) and possibly the purpose of tonsilliths is to keep that bacteria and crud near the tonsils to buid up your immune system. I just think some people have more accumulation than others, just like earwax. And just like earwax, I'm gonna remove it when it's bugging me!
Second, the tonsils are organs. Remove those and there is still at least one pocket-- where the tonsil was sitting. It doesn't smooth out the wall of your throat. There is still a depression/wrinkle/fold where the tonsil was-- and tonsil stones can still accumulate there. You would basically have to have some kind of resurfacing on the inside of your throat to make it flat and smooth, and I just don't know how plausable that would be. I mean crap, even plastic surgeons can't be sure you won't be left with some bumpy scar tissue. And this is inside your throat with mucousal tissue...
Third, many people have "cryptic tonsils" which basically means they have lots of pockets (crypts) on and around their tonsils which leaves that many more spaces for crap to accumulate. Like more than "average"-- I guess you could relate it to wrinkles on other body parts: some people have more, some have less. Either way, taking out the actual tonsils will not touch the "crypts" that aren't directly ON the tonsils. You still have folds in your throat, no matter what. And no one can guarantee that they can make it smooth. And the openings to the crypts can be very very small, barely noticable, but the crypts underneath can be very big-- which leaves places for that crap to build up and cause some major problems because the openings that are left are too small for it to get out of... Gross picture of a HUGE tonsillith
Here, I just pulled this up from a message board
, in response as to why someone who had their tonsils removed at age 12 was getting tonsil stones at age 23, so take it as you will:
|Don't forget that the oropharynx is surrounded by the lymphatic tissue of waldeyer's ring, so if you've only had your palatine tonsils removed, that still leaves you with pharyngeal (adenoid), tubal, and lingual tonsils within which to form the "tonsil cheese". I would venture to guess that if you are hacking these guys up, they're likely coming from the lingual tonsils at the base of the tongue.
sooooooo... it's darned near impossible to remove ALL of the tissue we reguard as "tonsils" at least when talking about where tonsil stones occur.
Actually, that whole thread is quite informative and entertaining
On second thought, I'm on the second page now and feeling very queasy :Puke
And I can't stop coughing because I can feel
them in my throat. Ugh.
Oh gosh, I've just rambled and rambled!