Adenoids are a collection of lymphatic tissue sitting high in the throat, behind the nose. They assist the immune system by warding off bacteria and viruses entering your child’s body through this way. This function is not essential for the proper working of the immune system. Your child can do without adenoids because his immune system is perfectly capable of dealing with infections or microbes even without these tissues.
Instead of being useful, the patch of tissue can prove to be harmful at times. When the adenoids are enlarged or swollen, it can make normal breathing difficult. Owing to its location, you find it difficult to breathe through the nose. You start mouth breathing. Mouth breathing is bad for your health, because the air which reaches your lungs through the mouth is less pure compared to that entering through the nose. Infected or enlarged adenoids can cause other problems like bad breath, snoring, difficulty swallowing, ear infections, etc. If the infection persists even after anti biotic treatment, you doctor may recommend to remove Adenoids.
Adenoidectomy or the procedure to remove adenoids, is actually a surgery done in a hospital. It is an outpatient procedure which means your child will be discharged on same day after the surgery. The surgery to remove adenoids is simple and routine. It normally takes less than 45 minutes, but you can read more about the procedure in this article.
Before the operation to remove adenoids begins, your child will be given general anesthesia. This will keep him unconscious during the surgery. The anesthetic will block the pain experienced by the child during the surgery. The surgeon uses special tools to keep your child’s mouth open during the surgery. The adenoids will then be removed through the mouth. After removal, the doctor puts a stop to the bleeding.
After the adenoidectomy procedure, your child will be shifted to or taken to a recovery room where he will regain consciousness. The doctor and nurses will monitor the vital signs for an hour after the surgery. If there is a problem while eating or drinking, he will be kept a few more hours for observation. If there is no problem, you can take your child home.
Adenoidectomy is normally recommended when your child is experiencing the above mentioned symptoms repeatedly. You will have to sign a consent form agreeing to the planned operation. Your child’s health is your topmost priority, so the choice is yours to make. You could even get a second opinion to help make your decision or you can read this article on the pros and cons of the surgery.