ADENOIDECTOMY

WHY IS THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE OF ADENOID REMOVAL (ADENOIDECTOMY) PERFORMED?

  • Recurrent infections

  • Chronic infection

  • Purulent nasal discharge

  • Adenoid enlargement with obstructive symptoms

  • Recurrent middle ear infection

HOW IS ADENOIDECTOMY PERFORMED?

  • In the operating room under general anesthesia

  • Usually done as an outpatient procedure, unless complex medical problems exist

  • Pre-op labs may be required

  • Chest x-ray and EKG are required if patient is over the age of 50 and heart or lung problems exist

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

  • Pain lasting 10-14 days in adults or only a few days in children

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Minor bleeding

  • Grayish discoloration of the throat

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE SURGERY?

  • Take antibiotics and pain medications given by the doctor

  • Slowly advance diet as tolerated

  • Drink cool liquids (water, milk, low acid juices, ice cream, Jell-O) during the first day

  • Call the doctor if unable to drink liquids

  • Go to the emergency room immediately if clots of blood occur

  • Return for follow-up in 10 days

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