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Adenoidectomy; Removal of adenoid glands
Adenoid removal is surgery to take out the adenoid glands. These glands are located between the airway you breathe into through your nose and the back of your throat. Often, adenoid removal is done at the same time as a tonsillectomy, surgery to remove the tonsils. Adenoid removal is also called adenoidectomy.
Most adenoidectomies are done on children.
Your child will be given general anesthesia before surgery. This means they will be unconscious and unable to feel pain.
Your child will stay in the recovery room after surgery until they are awake and can breathe easily, cough, and swallow. Most patients can go home several hours after this surgery.
Adenoidectomy may be recommended when:
The adenoids normally shrink as children reach adolescence. Adults rarely need adenoidectomy.
Wetmore RF. Tonsils and adenoids. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 380.
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