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Jason Powell et al write that to get rid of ill health and pain due to recurrent tonsillitis, it is worthwhile to get total tonsillectomy done in adults. However, a very old paper by Chamovitz et al says that it does not prevent sore throats due to group A streptococcus (study was done on military men from 1949 to 1954) and hence rheumatic fever and its complications like valvular diseases.
1: CHAMOVITZ R, RAMMELKAMP CH Jr, WANNAMAKER LW, DENNY FW Jr. The effect of
tonsillectomy on the incidence of streptococcal respiratory disease and its
complications. Pediatrics. 1960 Sep;26:355-67.