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Adenoid Removal Surgery (Adenoidectomy)

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What is an adenoidectomy?

An adenoidectomy is the surgical procedure for adenoid removal. The adenoids are a cluster of tissues that sit above the tonsils behind the nose and the roof of the mouth. When these become enlarged, it is known as adenoid hypertrophy, which is a medical condition that should be treated by an ear, nose and throat physician. Enlarged adenoids treatment options may vary depending on the severity of the condition, and in some cases require adenoidectomy.

Why is an adenoidectomy performed?

Adenoidectomies are performed when patients suffer from multiple cases of enlarged adenoids or strep throat that cannot be successfully treated with medication. It may also be recommended by your doctor if you have suffered from repeated or severe cases of adenoid hypertrophy. Additionally, patients who suffer from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may also benefit from an adenoidectomy when the adenoids become so swollen that they interfere with normal breathing.

What does an adenoidectomy involve?

An adenoidectomy is an outpatient procedure that is short in duration. The patient is given general anesthesia during the procedure, and waits several hours after surgery to leave the hospital or clinic. In general, patients will recover within 10 days, and have minimal changes to diet during recovery.

What are the advantages of undergoing an adenoidectomy?

  • Reduced likelihood that a throat infection will occur
  • Airway increases, helping those suffering from snoring or OSA
  • Short procedure time
  • Patients generally recover within 10 days
  • Outpatient procedure

If you are suffering from adenoid hypertrophy and believe you may need an adenoidectomy, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of neck and throat conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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