Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are surgeries to remove the tonsils or adenoids. They are:
The surgeries almost always require a stay in the hospital.
You may need to be watched closely after surgery. Your doctor or surgeon will watch:
Children who are younger than 3 years and who have other conditions, such as Down syndrome, are more likely to have problems from surgery. The most common is having a hard time breathing. These children may need oxygen therapy or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy after surgery.
Your doctor may suggest these surgeries to treat sleep apnea if you have swollen tonsils and adenoids that block your airway during sleep. This is often the first treatment choice for children. That's because swollen tonsils and adenoids are often the cause of their sleep apnea.
In children with sleep apnea, symptoms almost always improve within 6 months of surgery. Parents report a decrease in:
In children, these surgeries work well to treat obstructive sleep apnea 75% to 100% of the time. This is true even if the child is obese.footnote 1
Your throat will be sore after surgery. You may find it hard to eat and swallow for a few days. Other possible problems after surgery include:
Complete the surgery information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this surgery.
Schechter MS, et al. (2002). Technical report: Diagnosis and management of childhood obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Pediatrics, 109(4): E69. Available online: http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/109/4/e69.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep MedicineHasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Current as ofMarch 25, 2017
Current as of: March 25, 2017
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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