What is Adenoidectomy?

Adenoid is a tissue that functions similarly to the tonsils and is located behind the nose. You cannot see your adenoid by looking at your throat like seeing your tonsils. It can cause some problems when the adenoid grows or inflammation on adenoid. If you need surgery for your child due to enlarged or inflamed adenoid, learning some information will alleviate your and your child's worries about the procedures of operation.


Several symptoms can be seen if the adenoid grows. Your child may have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty in breathing

  • Continuous breathing in the mouth

  • Nasal speech as nasal is all stuffed

  • Breathe noisily

  • Snoring during sleep

  • Hold your breath for a few seconds during sleep (sleep apnea)

If you suspect that your child is growing or having inflammation of adenoid in your child, contact your doctor.


What happens during adenoidectomy?

No matter how simple it looks, every surgery is usually frightening for children and parents. By telling your child what to expect, you can help your child prepare himself. In the adenoidectomy:

  1. Your child will be slept under general anesthesia. This means that the surgery will be performed in an operating room and your child will be monitored by an anesthesiologist during surgery.

  2. Your child will sleep for about 20 minutes.

  3. The surgeon will take your child's adenoid out from child’s mouth. There is no need to make a deep cut for adenoidectomy.

Your child will be asleep in the recovery room. In the event of dyspnea or bleeding symptoms, it may be necessary to return to the operating room. Generally, the total length of stay in hospital is 5-10 hours.


The most common complication is bleeding. Though it can sometimes be serious problems, this problem is rare with careful and attentive and proper patient follow-up.



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