This thread reminded me of the fact that, when I was 12 or 13 (1970-71?), I had my tonsils removed under local anesthesia.
In the dim recesses of my memory, it seems that my advanced age (!) had something to do with the decision to use a local anesthetic.
I only remember two things about the procedure: the gag-inducing stuff I had to gargle before they put the needle in to numb my throat completely, and the surgeon showing me my tonsils afterwards.
Have any other Dopers had experience with a tonsillectomy with a local?