Adenoidectomy

Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoids. Adenoids are made of tissue located in the back of the nose near the throat. They are thought to be involved in developing immunity against infections in children.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • A sudden increase in the amount of bleeding from the mouth or nose; If your child is swallowing a lot, check the back of their throat with a flashlight to look for blood
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, or any discharge from the nose or mouth
    • Increased swelling or redness of the eyes
    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Pain that cannot be controlled with the medications you were given
    • Noisy or difficulty breathing

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoids. Adenoids are made of tissue located in the back of the nose near the throat. They are thought to be involved in developing immunity against infections in children.

    Anatomy of the Adenoids
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Adenoidectomy is usually done to remove enlarged adenoids that are causing sleep apnea due to a blockage in the nasal passage. It may also be used to treat long-term sinus infections and recurrent ear infections.

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Dehydration from difficulty taking fluids
    • Re-growth of adenoid tissue
    • A permanent change in voice
    • Reaction to anesthesia

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity