Even though a tonsillectomy is a common procedure children go through, adults can benefit from having their tonsils removed, too. That’s likely why Gabourey Sidibe has decided to have one.
The 34-year-old took to Twitter over the weekend to share that she’d decided to have her tonsils removed this year:
And while she seemed to be joking about taking the rest of the year off, the surgery recovery time is pretty intense. According to Everyday Health, though the procedure is the same for both children and adults, it’s “extremely painful” for the latter group. Two weeks away from work is often needed, and it takes about a month for patients to feel like themselves again. Therefore, choosing to have a tonsillectomy isn’t an easy decision considering the time it takes to get back to optimal health.
That’s likely why Sidibe spent so much time mulling over the decision of whether or not to do it. Just this past December, she told her followers that she wished for the help of a partner who could help her make such major choices:
The necessity of having your tonsils removed as an adult increases if you’re one who has to deal with chronic tonsillitis, recurring sore throat or have enlarged tonsils, especially if these ailments are enough to keep you from your responsibilities.
As for Sidibe, it wouldn’t be her first major surgery if she does indeed go through with the tonsillectomy. The Empire star had bariatric surgery in May 2016 to help deal with a diabetic diagnosis.
“I just didn’t want to worry,” she told PEOPLE last March. “I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes.”