What is an adenoidectomy?
When is adenoidectomy (removal of the adenoid) a consideration?
Your doctor may have sent you to an ear nose and throat specialist to be evaluated for removal of the adenoid, with symptoms of sinusitis or a history of ear infections.
Some of the guidelines that we follow in order to consider an adenoidectomy are:
1. Chronic infection of the adenoid (sinusitis-like symptoms) despite adequate treatment
2. Adenoid hypertrophy (enlargement) causing mouth breathing, nasal blockage, snoring,and restless sleep
3. Recurrent ear infections
What is involved with removing the adenoid?
Every patient who is to undergo removal of adenoid tissue is first screened to make sure they are not at an increased risk to have HYPERNASAL speech (sounds like talking through the nose) following surgery. The surgery is done through the mouth under a general anesthetic. One technique used for removal uses a curette to remove the tissue behind the nose. Many times we use CAUTERY (removal with suction and heat) to perform the surgery, resulting in very little, or no blood loss. This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. The surgery lasts about 20 minutes, and the doctor will talk with you immediately following the surgery.
Your child will be given specific instructions regarding activity, diet and medications after surgery. Please follow instructions given to you by your physician and office staff and not friends, neighbors and other interested individuals.
Here at Pediatric ENT we treat all of our patients with care and offer many services such as:
- Pediatric Adenoidectomy
- Pediatric Cholesteatoma
- Kids Nose Bleeds
- Hearing Loss in Children
- Pediatric Hoarseness
- Pediatric Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
- Pediatric Thyroid Disease
- Pediatric Parathyroidectomy
- Kids Sleep Disorders
- Pediatric Speech Disorder
- Pediatric Thyroidectomy
- Pediatric Tongue Tie
- Pediatric Tonsillectomy
- Pediatric Tonsillitis
- Pediatric Tracheotomy
- Pediatric Tympanoplasty
- Pediatric Tympanostomy Tubes
- Pediatric Vocal Cord Paralysis
- Pediatric Vocal Cord Surgery (CO2 Laser)
Thomas M. Andrews
Dr. Andrews specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders of children and adolescents. His accreditations include Florida State Medical License and Ohio State Medical License. He is also a board member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery