Is There a Age Limit in Adenoids Surgery?

Is There a Age Limit in Adenoids Surgery?

Tissue, called Tonsil and Adenoid, are important components of the body's defense system and are made up of cells of the immune system. The immune system has roles in the production of secretions (especially immunoglobulins) and cells necessary for its functioning. Thanks to the immunity excretion of the mother during the infancy period, the immune system does not need to be over-worked, so the natu- ral and tonsils are small. From 2 years old, the work of the mother's immune secretaries ends and the child's own immune system starts to function.


Children become sick more often than adults because their immune system encounters microbes such as bacteria, viruses, allergens, chemical and other foreign substances entering the body and an immune response against them. At the same time, because of the immense work of the immune system, tonsils and nuchal growth are more common at these ages. The age range in which infections and nasal – tonsil growths are most frequently observed is between 3 and 9 years. After 9 years of age, the size of nose and tonsils begins to shrink and is considered to reach adult age at around 12 years of age. It is assumed that after this age, the frequency of infection will also descend to the adult level.


How Old Is The Adenoids Surgery Done?

Tonsil and nasal diseases are known as the child age group problem, but the same rules apply to adults. In adults who do not have any serious health problems that will prevent obstetric surgery, tonsillectomy is also performed. Breathing nappy and tonsils are taken without age restriction. Because of frequent recurrent infections, it is preferred to perform the planned operations after 4 years of age. There is no upper age limit, but the incidence of these diseases is generally low in older ages, and simple solutions are often preferred.


When Should Adenoid Be Removed?

When Should Adenoid Be Removed?

As is the case with tonsils, the main reason for adenoidectomy is that there is an adenoid in the neck which constantly leads to sleep by opening mouth, snoring or asphyxiation in the sleep, and some infections. These infections are mainly recurrent otitis, a long accumulation of water behind the ear membrane, chronic otitis accompanied by a permanent hole in the ear canal, and chronic sinusitis.


Do These Surgeries Have An Age Limit?

In the past, some age limits were mentioned, especially because of anesthesia risks. Today, there is no such an age limit. A very small child, however, is being operated on because of breathing stops during sleep.


Will İt Repeat When Tonsils And Adenoid Are Removed?

Tonsil will not repeat when properly removed. Adenoid is the islet cells and is removed by scratching. It is more likely to repeat under 3 year old operations compared to above 3 years of age. As the age increases, this probability decreases.


Are There Differences In Tonsillectomy In Adults?

In adult patients we perform tonsillectomy very rarely due to infection. The main reason here is snoring in the sleep – the tonsils are the only ones that cause respiratory arrest and are done together with soft palate-epiglottis surgeries when it is necessary. Another cause of tonsillectomy, which rarely occurs in adults, is that the pores in the tonsils are filled with leftovers and a bad smell is constantly formed in the mouth. Apart from that, tonsillectomy is a painful operation and we are observing that the postoperative period in adulthood is more difficult than in children. Especially when done with soft palate operations, the pain increases more and needle pain painkillers are also needed. This process usually takes 1 week to 10 days.