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 the tonsils (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 your child will be asleep and unable to feel pain.
The surgeon 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 is used.
Some surgeons use electricity to heat the tissue, remove it, and stop bleeding. This is called electrocautery. Another method uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to do the same thing. This is called coblation.
Absorbent material, called packing material may also be used to control bleeding.
Your child will stay in the recovery room after surgery. When your child is awake and can breathe easily, cough, and swallow, you will be allowed to take your child home. This is usually 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:
Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.