1. What is an adenoid?
An adenoid is a mass of lymphoid tissue located above the roof of the mouth and behind the nose.
2. Why remove the adenoids?
An adenoidectomy is done for two major reasons:
a. To relieve nasal obstruction and facilitate breathing.
b. To relieve eustachian tube blockage and facilitate the drainage of ear secretions and improve ventilation of the ears – thus improve hearing and decrease the frequency of ear infections.
3. What risks are in the operation?
a. A small unexpected anesthetic risk; but, anesthesia is administered by trained professionals.
b. A small risk of postoperative bleeding; but, we are trained to handle this.
c. A change of voice into a more nasal and open voice. This will last from a few days to a few weeks.
4. What to expect after the surgery:
a. A slight sore throat; but, the child can have a normal meal the next day.
b. Some bloody nasal drainage, but nothing to be concerned about.
5. Call your physician if:
a. There is active bleeding.
b. The temperature goes above 100°F orally or 101°F rectally.