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.
Do not eat or drink anything six hours prior to the procedure.
is used. It will block any pain and keep you asleep through the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
The adenoids will be surgically removed through the mouth. A scalpel or another type of tool will be used to remove the adenoid tissue. An electrical current can also be used. Sometimes, the adenoids are removed through the nose. Gauze packs will be placed at the site of the procedure to prevent bleeding.
The doctor uses medical tools to remove the adenoids through the mouth.
is a type of procedure that uses heat to destroy tissue. It may be used to reduce the volume and size of adenoids. This method often has less bleeding. It also seems to cause less pain.
Immediately After Procedure
You will be monitored in a recovery room until the anesthesia wears off.
How Long Will It Take?
Less than 45 minutes
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during the procedure. Pain after the procedure is not uncommon. Your doctor may prescribe pain medicine.
Average Hospital Stay
It may be possible to leave on the same day as the procedure. Your doctor may choose to keep you overnight if there are complications.
Recovery will take 7-14 days. After the procedure, you may have:
Nasal stuffiness or drainage
Ear or throat pain
Stiff or sore neck
To help relieve some discomfort and speed recovery:
Eat light meals of soft foods for the first several days.
Avoid hot liquids.
Take prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
Take pain medicine as needed.
Avoid swimming and rough or vigorous exercise.
Avoid forceful nose blowing.
Be sure to follow your doctor’s
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
A sudden increase in the amount 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 eyes
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Pain that cannot be controlled with the medicines you have been given
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a