I had mine out when I was 21 (about 23) years ago. It was the best thing I ever did. I have had so few throat problems since. Unfortunately, now my kids are having trouble. I hope they can have it done at an earlier age. I know it is necessary for them, even without the doctor's suggestion. It wasn't easy though. Being older makes it harder on you. Be prepared to eat soft food for awhile and do take the pain medicines that they give you at least for the first 5-7 days. And drink often. WHen you let time go by without using your throat, it hurts more when you finally do. Good luck.