Adenoidectomy

DEFINITION:

Sometimes pharyngeal tonsils or adenoids become swollen causing breathing difficulties and other serious problems such as sleep apnea.

Adenoidectomy is the surgery to remove the adenoid glands. It is a procedure usually performed in pediatric patients.

DESCRIPTION:

Adenoidectomy is combined in many cases with the surgical removal of tonsils.

The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia. Through the mouth, the surgeon removes the adenoid glands with a kind of spoon. It is a simple procedure that does not require hospitalisation.
 BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

Patients should undergo a preliminary test to evaluate the specific characteristics of their intervention.
Furthermore, they must undergo a standard preoperative study that includes blood tests, electrocardiogram, etc.

Also, if they have any chronic illness or regularly take medications, especially anticoagulants, they should inform the surgeon before surgery.

AFTER THE PROCEDURE:

Patients may experience discomfort in the mouth and throat during the first days. It is also common to suffer nasal congestion, ear pain, bad breath and even a slight fever. Patients should eat soft and fresh foods like ice cream, gelatine, skimmed dairy products, soups, etc and avoid orange juice and other acidic foods that can irritate the throat.