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Adenoidectomy: When to Get Adenoids Removed

 Adenoidectomy at Lakeside Allergy ENT in Rockwall and Forney, Texas The adenoids in the upper back part of the throat, like the tonsils on either side, are part of the lymphatic system. They serve a useful function to trap bacteria and keep them from entering the body. However, if the adenoids are constantly infected, their usefulness decreases. Frequent adenoid infections are a good reason to have them removed with a procedure called an adenoidectomy.

Symptoms of Serious Adenoid Infections

The common symptoms of a serious adenoid infection include:

  • Earaches
  • Ear infections
  • Sore throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck and shoulders
  • Inability to breathe through the nose
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea

Adenoid infections may also be caused by bacterial infections like strep throat and viruses.

Factors Indicating the Need for an Adenoidectomy

If you or your child have constant ear, nose, and throat infections that do not respond to antibiotic treatment, an adenoidectomy might be warranted. Some signs you need to have adenoids removed are adenoid infections that come back after you stop taking medicine, getting sick with adenoid infections five or six times a year, and also having tonsilitis.

What Is the Adenoidectomy Procedure Like?

The procedure is conducted in a medical facility, such as a surgical center or hospital, with the patient under general anesthesia. The adenoids are located above and behind the uvula, at the back of the throat, and removal is performed through the mouth. Stitches are typically unnecessary. Temporary absorbent gauze is placed in the mouth until the bleeding subsides.

On average, patients are able to return home on the same day following their surgery once they have fully recovered from the anesthesia. Full healing typically occurs within one to two weeks. It is advisable to consume soft foods such as apple sauce, ice cream, yogurt, and pudding, along with drinking plenty of water. Applying an ice pack to the throat can be beneficial in reducing swelling. Using pain medication can also be beneficial.

Where to Get an Adenoidectomy in Rockwall and Forney, TX

If the information provided resonates with your situation, we encourage you to reach out to one of our doctors at Lakeside Allergy ENT in Rockwall or Forney, Texas. For more information about the adenoidectomy procedure, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our highly qualified adenoid specialists by calling 972-771-5443.

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