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Sharon asked...

Tags: children , sleep , surgery

Hello, could you please offer me some advice on adenoid removal. This is for my 3 year old son, who suffers from regular infection, snoring and rare mid year infections.

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It may be necessary to remove the adenoids if they become swollen or enlarged due to persistent infection; this may be bacterial or viral, and  although the infections will eventually clear up with treatment or time, the adenoids can remain enlarged, which can lead to snoring in children.

Allergens can sometimes irritate the adenoids, causing swelling to a degree that they cause an issue. Adenoidectomy can also be used to treat recurrent ear infections.


An adenoidectomy is a quick operation to remove the adenoids. It takes roughly 30 minutes to perform and is carried out in hospital by an ear, nose and throat specialist. This is done under a general anaesthetic and in most cases your child can go home on the same day once the effects of the anaesthesia have worn of.

The operation carries a few risks; primarily that removal of the adenoids might put your child at a slightly greater risk of developing infection although the body’s immune system can cope very well without the adenoids.

As with all surgery, there is a small risk of complications such as infection, bleeding, nasal discharge, or a reaction to the anaesthetic, but this is rare. There may also be some temporary minor health issues with a sore throat, ear ache or a blocked nose. These symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks.

 

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