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Adenoidectomy is surgery to remove the adenoids. These are small masses of tissue at the back of the nose and throat. They are made of the same tissue that forms the tonsils.
The doctor will do the surgery through your child's mouth.
Adenoids, along with the tonsils, may help fight infection. But it isn't harmful to have them removed. The body has many ways of fighting sickness. Children may have this surgery because they often have ear infections that don't get better with antibiotics. Or they may have problems breathing or sleeping. This surgery may help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Surgery can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Charles M. Myer III MD - Otolaryngology
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