An adenoidectomy is surgery to remove your child’s adenoid glands. Your child may need this surgery if their adenoids have become swollen or enlarged because of an infection or allergies.
An adenoidectomy is surgery to remove your child’s adenoid glands. Your child may need this surgery if their adenoids have become swollen or enlarged because of an infection or allergies. An adenoidectomy can help if your child is experiencing breathing problems or frequent ear and sinus infections because of enlarged adenoids.
An adenoidectomy, or adenoid removal, is surgery to remove your child’s adenoid glands. Adenoids are small lumps of tissue located behind your nose in your upper airway. Adenoids are considered a vestigial organ in adults (a remnant with no purpose).
Adenoid glands are part of your child’s immune system. They fight germs you breathe in, like viruses and bacteria. Adenoids usually shrink and disappear by the time most children turn 13.
Who needs an adenoidectomy?
An adenoidectomy is mostly for children between 1 and 7 years old. Children’s adenoids naturally begin shrinking around age 7 and are almost completely gone by the teens.
An adenoidectomy is a straightforward, relatively short procedure performed by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon. Most children go home the same day of their surgery.
Your child will be placed under general anesthesia, which means they’ll be asleep the whole time. They won’t feel any pain.
The surgeon will open your child’s mouth once they’re asleep and remove their adenoids. They’ll perform the surgery through your child’s mouth, which means they won’t have to make visible incisions (cuts) on your child’s skin.
The surgeon may apply a heated wire to the incision site inside your child’s mouth to stop the bleeding. This technique is called electrocauterization surgery.
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