An adenoidectomy is a surgery to remove the adenoids. Adenoids are small lymph nodes located deep in the back of the throat, behind the nose. They are part of the body’s defense against illnesses. Sometimes, the adenoids become problematic and may swell or become infected. If this happens a lot, your child may need to have them removed.
An adenoidectomy is often done at the same time as a tonsillectomy because the same conditions that cause the adenoids to become sore and inflamed often affect the tonsils as well.
Adenoidectomies are performed using general anaesthesia, so your child will be asleep the whole time. To avoid complications during surgery, your child will probably not be able to eat or drink anything for several hours leading up to the surgery. During surgery, your child will be monitored by medical professionals to ensure that his heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing remain stable.
After surgery, your child will be moved to a recovery area where nurses will monitor him until he wakes up. He will probably be cranky and uncomfortable, but should be able to go home the next day.
Your child will probably be sore from the surgery for several days. Give paracetamol for discomfort and offer cool drinks and foods to soothe his throat. Place a pad or towels on the pillow and bed to catch drainage and encourage him to sleep on his side to avoid choking from blood and fluid discharge.
When to call the doctor
If your child develops a high fever, excess bloody drainage, or continued pain, he may have an infection. Call your doctor for advice.