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Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoids. Adenoids are made of tissue located in the back of the nose near the throat. They are thought to be involved in developing immunity against infections in children.
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Adenoidectomy is usually done to remove enlarged adenoids that are causing a blockage in the nasal passage. It may also be used to treat long-term sinus infections and recurrent ear infections.
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an adenoidectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Adenoid tissue can sometimes re-grow
- A permanent change in voice
- Reaction to anesthesia
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Previous adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Bleeding disorders
- Submucous cleft palate
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- A sudden increase in the amount bleeding from the mouth or nose (If your child is swallowing a lot, check the back of their throat with a flashlight to look for blood.)