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What is Adenoidectomy?

Enlarged adenoids or swollen adenoids are bothersome to a child and may result in other infections such as Halitosis, Sore Throats and an Ear Infection. This is because your child may find it difficult breathing through the mouth. Also medicine may not help relieve swollen adenoids and in some cases, this is when your child's doctor may prefer surgical removal.

In definition, adenoidectomy simply refers to the surgical procedure followed to remove your child's enlarged adenoids. If your child's adenoids interfere with his/her general health or respiratory system, it's preferable that they be removed. Sleep apnea and recurrent infections are other factors that doctors consider before they perform an adenoidectomy.

If your child keep on complaining of repeated bouts sinus and ear infections, it's important that an adenoidectomy is performed because sinus and ear infection may cause serious complications such as hearing loss. Have your child checked for possible ear infections and fluid buildups.

In most cases, when adenoids swell tonsils also swell. Doctors often take out your child's adenoids together with there tonsils. This process of tonsil removal is called Tonsillectomy.

Before the surgery…

You'll have to discuss what to expect during and after the surgery with your child. Explain why s/he should undergo a surgery and outline the importance of adenoidectomy in there situation.

Your child's doctor will have to check if your child has any underlying symptoms. Most children with enlarged or swollen adenoids often have difficulty swallowing and ear aches.

During surgery…

Your child will be asleep for about 15 – 20 minutes before the surgeon begin his/her work. The anesthesiologist might allow you enter the operating room where the adenoidectomy will take place. Adenoidectomy does not bind the surgeon to cut your child' skin, s/he can perform the surgery through your child's opened mouth.

Your child will spend about 5 to 10 hours in the hospital, unless s/he has difficulty breathing or is bleeding. If this happen, your child will be taken back to the operating room immediately. If it gets worse, you child may have to stay in the hospital overnight for observation and treatment.

And after the surgery…

Because your child's throat muscles get exposed, pain and discomfort in the anterior part the throat may be felt. Your child will find it difficult to swallow for about two weeks. Give him/her soft food that they can swallow with ease.

A week after the surgery, your child should show no sign of pain or discomfort. The cut adenoid area will have healed automatically. If not, take your child back to the doctor for observation and further treatment.

A few other things to do after the surgery

After the surgery, your throat may be very sore. However, there are several measures you can take to relieve the discomfort and pain following the surgery. Measures you can take to relieve after-surgery pain:

  • Sucking on an ice cube can soothe the throat tissues
  • Cold liquids may relieve some of the discomfort in your throat
  • Use a dehumidifier to moisten the air in your home
  • Avoid contact with other people (especially children)
  • Spend most time indoors
  • Don't visit hospital or sick people.

A patient is more susceptible to infection during the recovery period. However, adenoidectomy does not guarantee permanent insusceptibility to infections.

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