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.
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. Your child may have this surgery because he or she often has ear infections that don't get better with antibiotics. Or your child 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 or nurse call line 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 both for your child and for 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: May 12, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Charles M. Myer III, MD - Pediatrics, Otolaryngology
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