WHAT IS AN ADENOIDECTOMY?
An adenoidectomy involves the surgical removal of the adenoids which lie at the back of the nose, above the palate. This is most commonly performed for nasal blockage, snoring or sleep apnoea.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
An adenoidectomy is performed under a general anaesthetic, and usually takes around 20 minutes. A specially designed instrument holds the mouth open to provide access to the back of the throat. The adenoids are removed using a suction device, which also seals any blood vessels. This allows for very controlled surgery and minimises damage to surrounding tissues.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS?
Adenoidectomy is usually performed as a day case procedure, and most patients go home the same day. It is recommended that people eat a normal diet while recovering from surgery. A very small number of people experience bleeding after an adenoidectomy. If this happens it is recommended that patients attend the nearest emergency department for assessment.
Further information on adenoidectomy from ENT UK is available here.