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Adenoid Removal

Adenoid removal of course refers to the removal of the adenoids. This is a surgical procedure also known as an adenoidectomy. The adenoids are a mass of lymphoid tissue which are situated at the back of the nasal cavity. If they are prone to infection and swelling then they can cause other infections, breathing difficulties (especially through the nose), ear aches and headaches. The surgery most often occurs in children, and is an outpatient procedure carried out under general anaesthetic. It is also a relatively non-invasive procedure that results in minimal post-operative pain and discomfort. In some cases it may be combined with tonsillectomy.

Do You Need an Adenoidectomy?

If you or your child are experiencing repeated infection of the adenoids, infections that lead to hearing difficulties, or infections that won’t respond to antibiotics, then your doctor may recommend an adenoidectomy. Symptoms of adenoid infection include blocked nose and difficulty breathing, snoring, sore throat and mucus coming from the nose. You may also experience ‘nasal’ sounding speech and be forced to breathe through the mouth. Vomiting can occur in children who swallow too much of the pus and mucus from their infection and this can lead to other complications such as sinusitis or chest infection.


Following surgery to the adenoids you may experience some bleeding and mild pain and discomfort. This is often controlled using liquid Tylenol. Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medications are to be avoided. It is important to avoid spicy foods immediately after surgery, and to book a follow up appointment for 3-4 weeks following surgery.

Theodoros Manfredi

Article reviewed by Theodoros Manfredi, PhD. A licensed physician who has worked with children and families for over seven years.

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