Tonsillotomy is a partial cut off of the tonsils, sharply protruding into the lumen of the throat. Indications - severe hypertrophy of the tonsils, causing violations of nasal breathing, phonation, and sometimes swallowing. Tonsillotomy is usually done with a tonsillotome, sometimes with a nasal loop.
In some cases, tonsillotomy done under anesthesia, often under local (surface) anesthesia. Since hypertrophy of the tonsils is often combined with adenoids, tonsillotomy can be performed simultaneously with adenotomy (see Adenoids).