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Adenoidectomy Risks and Recovery

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:49 AM

Adenoidectomy is a surgery to remove the adenoids, which are lymphoid tissues. The adenoids lie behind the nasal passages. They produce antibodies that help in fighting against infections. The adenoids may become enlarged due to frequent infections affecting the throat. The surgical procedure is often performed on children.
In the procedure, the surgeon places a small tool in a child’s mouth to keep the mouth open. The adenoid gland is removed using a spoon-shaped tool called a curette. Some surgeons use electric heat as another method to heat and remove the adenoids. Absorbent materials are used to control bleeding during the surgical procedure. 
Risks of Adenoidectomy Surgery
There are risks involved in every surgery. There are some risks specifically associated with this surgery. Risks of adenoidectomy include a few complications that may be life-threatening. Risks are present during the surgery and during the recovery period. Before the surgery, patients and parents of child patients are usually informed about possible risks. It is best to consult the surgeon about possible risks and complications of this surgery. Risks that may cause complications can usually be controlled by simple lifestyle changes. Some common risks associated with this surgery are:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Septicemia
  • Problems during recovery from adenoidectomy  
Other risks in complicated cases may include:
  • Throat pain
  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Regrowth of adenoids
Recovery from Adenoidectomy Surgery
Children can usually return home on the very day of the adenoidectomy surgery but recovery may need one to two weeks. Recovery from adenoidectomy surgery may vary between individuals. After three weeks, physical activities such as walking and swimming can be resumed.
  • Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can be used to relieve pain associated with adenoidectomy.
  • A course of postsurgery antibiotics can also help in rapid recovery from pain.
  • Placing an ice collar on the front of a child’s neck can help reduce swelling and pain, besides aiding recovery.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids is beneficial for patients after an adenoidectomy. This helps recovery by preventing dehydration.
  • Resting is recommended to help recovery after an adenoidectomy.
  • Eating a light and soft diet is recommended for recovery after adenoidectomy.
  • Hot liquids should be avoided for several days.

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Adenoidectomy is a surgery performed to remove adenoids. Adenoids are located behind the nasal passages and become enlarged due to throat infections. A few risks may be present during the surgery and doctors frequently guide patients about the recovery period. We present an overview.
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