Adenoid removal is surgery to take out the adenoid glands, these glands sit behind your nose above the roof of your mouth. Air passes over these glands when you take a breath, the adenoids are often taken out at the same time as the tonsils. Adenoid removal is also called adenoidectomy; this procedure is often done to children but in some cases in adults. In most cases if this surgery is performed it will cut down on the ear infections, fevers, and swelling of the throat. In childhood, adenoids and tonsils are believed to play a role in fighting infections by producing antibodies that attack bacteria entering the body through the mouth and nose. In adulthood however, it is unlikely that the adenoids are involved in maintaining health, and they normally shrink and disappear. There can be many reasons why an emergency adenoidectomy is performed because of a blocked passage way, constant bleeding of an adenoid or adenoids, or cancer of the tonsil. The doctor may also recommend an adenoidectomy for an elective, non-emergent reason to help with the ear aches, fever, and swelling. In these reasons the doctor will compare the risks and benefits of the surgery. Some of the elective reasons would be simple things that could help with your breathing or your everyday life. Enlarged adenoids causing sleep apnea and sleep disturbances that will throb until taken out, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the eustachian tube. If there is an obstruction in the eustachian tube the doctor might put tubes in your ears to balance it out. Chronic sinusitis and colds can happen a lot when your adenoids are enlarged and inflamed and can cause recurrent ear infections.
What to expect for your patient before surgery is very simple and following the directions of the doctor and the care team will make the situation better and heal faster. Before the surgery, the doctor or surgeon will tell you not to give your child medications like ibuprofen or aspirin, exactly one week before...
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