Adenoid removal is surgery to take out the adenoid glands. The adenoid glands sit behind your nose above the roof of your mouth. Air passes over these glands when you take a breath.
The adenoids are often taken out at the same time as your tonsils. (See also: Tonsillectomy)
Adenoid removal is also called adenoidectomy. The procedure is most often done in children.
Adenoidectomy; Removal of adenoid glands
Your child will be given general anesthesia before surgery. This means they will be asleep and unable to feel pain.
During surgery, the doctor places a small tool into your child’s mouth to keep it open.
The surgeon removes the adenoid glands using a spoon-shaped tool (curette) or another tool that helps cut away soft tissue.
Some surgeons use electricity to heat the tissue, remove it, and stop bleeding. This is called electrocautery. A newer method uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to do the same thing. This is called coblation.
Absorbent material, called packing material, is also used to control bleeding.
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 a few hours after surgery.
Why the Procedure Is Performed
A doctor may recommend this procedure if:
Enlarged adenoids are blocking your child’s airway. Symptoms in your child can include:
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine; Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.