Home > Medical > Sore throat > Tonsillitis 23 July 2019 WATCH: What happens when your tonsils are removed? A tonsillectomy is a routine, outpatient procedure to remove the tonsils. Watch how it happens. 0 The tonsils are the large glands at the back of the throat that normally help protect against infection. In some people who have frequent throat and ear infections, removing the tonsils can help reduce the number of infections.Image credit: iStock Related articles WATCH: You may have tonsil stones and not even know it Tonsil stones are most common in people who have chronic tonsil infections, and people who have them are often not aware of them. Your tonsils may be the cause of your bad breath Tonsil stones may be small, but their smell can be a pretty big deal. WATCH: What is strep throat? Strep throat is most common in kids, but adults can also pick up the infection.