Do you really need tonsils? 

If you're wondering whether you really need your tonsils, you're not alone.

The answer is not always clear. There are many factors to consider.

For some people, tonsils are necessary for proper function of the immune system.

They help to filter out bacteria and other harmful organisms from the body.

For others, tonsils may not be necessary.

If they are causing problems, such as recurrent infections or sleep apnea, they may be removed.

Tonsillectomies (surgical removal of the tonsils) are one of the most common childhood surgeries.