Common Surgeries - Adenoidectomy

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What is an adenoidectomy?
An adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the enlarged adenoid hypertrophy or chronically infected adenoid tissue (adenoiditis)

When is an adenoidectomy a consideration?
Your doctor may have sent you to us to be evaluated for removal of the adenoid. It is one of the most frequently performed throat operations. It offers a safe, effective surgical way to resolve a host of problems. Some of the more common reasons to remove the adenoid tissue would be obstructed breathing, symptoms of chronic adenoiditis or sinusitis, recurrent ear infections (otitis media), and in combination with a second set of ear tubes. Some of the guidelines that we follow in order to consider an adenoidectomy are:

  1. Sleep disturbance because of nasal airway obstruction
  2. Cardiopulmonary complications from obstructive sleep apnea
  3. Persisting symptoms of adenoiditis after two courses of antibiotics
  4. Otitis media with effusion for greater than 3 months
  5. Dental malocclusion or orofacial growth disturbance
  6. Hyponasal speech documented by a speech pathologist

What is involved with removing the adenoid?
Every patient who is to undergo an adenoidectomy is first screened to make sure there is no increased risk for having hypernasal speech following surgery. The surgery is done through the mouth under a general anesthetic. There are many techniques to remove the tissue. Some of the newer techniques result in very little or no blood loss. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes and can usually be done as an outpatient. Your child will be sent home with prescriptions for an antibiotic as well as for pain medication. It is quite common to have neck pain and really bad breath after this operation.

Your child will be given specific instructions regarding diet, activity and medications. For most children, plan on making a post operative visit to the office 3-4 weeks after surgery.


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Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic
University Hospital Clinics Building
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, Texas

Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants
Brittany Plaza
1600 West League City Parkway, Suite D
League City, Texas

Family HealthCare Center
Mainland Crossing
9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, Texas

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