Adenoidectomy refers to a surgical removal of the adenoids, which are lymph tissues that reside in the space above the soft roof of the mouth, behind the nose. Our experienced medical staff will ensure that the experience is as comfortable as possible for your child.
What is adenoidectomy surgery?
The adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure performed for the purpose of removing the enlarged or inflamed mass of lymphoid tissue located right behind the nasal passage. Even though adenoids help fight infection in the throat and mouth area, sometimes they can get overwhelmed by bacteria and hence, become infected and swollen.
The procedure is performed to avoid potential ear and nose problems in the future.
What are the symptoms of enlarged adenoids or adenoiditis?
The swelling and inflammation of the adenoids can lead to a condition known as adenoiditis. Similar to tonsillectomy, the symptoms can differ from child to child, depending on the cause of the infection. Following are some of the most common symptoms of adenoiditis:
- Nasal speech
- Noisy breathing
- Breathing through the mouth
- The breathing stops during sleep for a few seconds
How is the diagnosis established?
Because the aforementioned symptomatology bears a resemblance to indicators of other conditions, it is highly recommended to see a physician for a correct diagnosis. To provide an accurate diagnosis, the physician will need to know the complete medical history of the child and perform a physical examination.
In the event the child has experienced sore throats very frequently in the past year, then surgery might be in order. Take note that the physician can recommend extirpating the tonsils at the same time, mostly because tonsillar and adenoid conditions usually develop together.
What does the procedure imply?
A physician who specializes in ear, nose and throat conditions will perform the adenoidectomy under general anesthesia. After the child is put under, the surgeon will extract the adenoids through the mouth. Therefore, except for the tissues that in question, there will not be any other incisions.
Does the procedure present any risk?
By following the pre and post-operatory recommendations of the physician, the risk of developing complications is considerably reduced. Nevertheless, since adenoidectomy is a surgical intervention there is a chance for minor side effects to occur following surgery. The most common ones consist of bleeding, fever, difficulties breathing and dehydration.
What does the post-care entail?
To alleviate pain and discomfort due to surgery, the physician may prescribe pain medication. In the following week, the child should try to drink plenty of fluid get as much rest as possible.
In the event you notice any of the symptoms of enlarged adenoids or adenoiditis, don’t hesitate to contact ENT for Children immediately. Dr. Daniel Samadi will explain to you the procedure as well as present you with the risks, results, potential complications or injuries stemming from known and unforeseen causes. Based on this information, you can make the right decision and do what’s best for your little one.