Tonsillectomies in this country have fallen to roughly 600,000 procedures annually, down from several million each year in the operation’s most popular era. Because the total number of tonsillectomies is down, many more people still have their tonsils than in the past. As a result, tonsil stones are much more common today than they once were. Many people who suffer from tonsil stones, especially adults, now see surgery as their only option. But is it?