Have been diagnosed as having a Peritonsilar Abscess toward the back of my palate/tonsill area. It's very painful and may require a short operation, a video of the procedure can be found by clicking this huuuuuge link: http://images.google.com/url?q=http://www.entusa.com/quinsy_tonsillectomy.htm&usg=AFQjCNEl39PeHdPDk1hqppiLUhGwllSGtw My question to any of the doctors on ARRSE is, to your knowledge, is this procedure performed under general or local anasthetic? The video clearly shows a tube going into the airway, suggesting the patient is unconscious during that particular operation, however that was performed on a five year old child (poor little bugger, I can vouch that it rags!) and I am a 26 year old man. The reason I ask is because that is a shed load of pus which ends up all over the mouth, and if it's just a local anasthetic then I really wish I hadn't seen this video. Also would anyone know or like to hazard a guess as weither this is reason for a deferral to my application for regular army? Cheers. Edited to add a link which works.