What is an Adenoidectomy?
The surgical procedure that involves the excision of adenoids is called Adenoidectomy. Your adenoids are the glands that are located behind the nose and the roof of your mouth. Unlike tonsils, adenoids cannot be seen through your mouth or nose unless specialized instruments are used. Adenoids along with tonsils produce antibodies to fight against the virus and bacteria entering your body through your airways. As you grow and your body’s immune system evolves, the adenoids may shrink and eventually disappear. Most adenoidectomies are performed in young children and adolescents. Usually tonsillectomy accompanies and adenoidectomy.
If your child has been experiencing any of the related symptoms, a thorough evaluation by an experienced otolaryngologist is required. If you are looking for a dependable ENT clinic to access top-quality Adenoidectomy surgeons and doctors, Eastside ENT Specialists in Ohio is the right place for you. Call us at 440-352-1474 to set up an appointment with a board-certified ENT Doctor in Concord, Willoughby, or Madison.
Why is Adenoidectomy Performed?
Sometimes the adenoids get overwhelmed while fighting the various viruses and bacteria and may get infected themselves. Infected, inflamed and enlarged adenoids can cause many problems. Chronic throat infection is one of the most common causes of enlarged adenoids. If your child is suffering from any of the following conditions, your ENT specialist may recommend Adenoidectomy:
- Recurring infections of the adenoids that do not respond well to medication
- Chronic or recurring upper respiratory infections or Strep Throat
- Enlarged adenoids may obstruct the upper airways leading to frequent ear infections caused by clogged Eustachian tubes
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Loud breathing during sleep or snoring
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- Ear infections caused by swollen adenoids may impair hearing and speech development in your child
What does Adenoidectomy Involve?
Adenoidectomy is an outpatient surgery that requires only about 30 minutes to perform. The patient stays for a few hours in the hospital after the surgery that is carried out under general anesthesia. Full recovery is expected within 10 to 14 days after adenoidectomy.
The otolaryngologist may carry out a blood test of your child to find out any clotting issues before the adenoid removal surgery. The doctor may also advise that you do not give your child any anti-inflammatory medication a couple of weeks before the large adenoids removal surgery. Your child should not eat or drink anything including water, several hours before surgery.
The surgery is performed while your child is in deep sleep (Anesthesia). The ENT surgeon will use an instrument to prop the mouth open. This will allow him to remove the adenoids using a small incision or cauterizing (removing the adenoids using a heated device). Stitches are usually not required and no external scars are apparent. Your child will be ready to go home the day of surgery.
It is important to keep your child hydrated after surgery. Your child may experience sore throat a couple of days after surgery so soft foods like Jell-O, yogurt and pudding is recommended. Your child may experience pain that can be managed with pain medications. Fever and scabs around the site of surgery may be experienced. If your child has severe breathing problems or you notice bright red blood coming from the mouth or nose, consult your doctor immediately.
What are the Benefits of Adenoidectomy?
Adenoid surgery can drastically improve the quality of your child’s life. You can expect following improvements in your child, once he/she has fully recovered:
- Fewer throat infections
- Fewer ear infections
- Comfortable breathing through the nose
- Decreased snoring
- Better sleep with effectively managed Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Adenoidectomy or Adenoids Removal Surgery is a tried and tested surgical procedure that can help treat many upper respiratory disorders and diseases. If your child has been experiencing any of the related symptoms, a thorough evaluation by an experienced otolaryngologist is required. If you are looking for a dependable ENT clinic to access top-quality Adenoidectomy surgeons and doctors, Eastside ENT Specialists in Ohio is the right place for you. Call us at 440-352-1474 to set up an appointment with a board-certified ENT Doctor in Concord, Willoughby, or Madison.
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