Adenoidectomy

The adenoids are tissue similar to the tonsils. They are located behind the nose and hidden from view by the palate (roof of the mouth).  Frequent ear infections, nasal airway obstruction, or obstruction of the eustachian tube (a passage that connects the middle ear to the back of the throat) are some reasons for adenoidectomy.

Expectations/Instructions

Pain: Expect some discomfort for up to a week after surgery, although it is usually not that severe.  In children under the age of six, Tylenol® and Ibuprofen are often all that is needed for pain control. Narcotic pain medication may be prescribed.

Diet:  Regular diet can be resumed within a day after surgery.  It is important to drink fluids and stay hydrated

Activity:  Nasal congestion and snoring may worsen for several days after surgery. This is due to swelling and scab formation at the back of the nose. Nasal saline sprays used several times daily can help. No contact sports for 1-2 weeks after surgery. Ask your physician for specifics about these activities.

Fevers:  If you experience fever greater than 102º F, please call your physician.

Neck stiffness:  Especially common after adenoidectomy. This is due to the adenoids being right next to the muscles that allow neck movement. This should be of concern if associated with a temperature of 102º F or higher.

Bleeding:  Bleeding after adenoidectomy is uncommon. If you notice any heavy bleeding, please call your physician or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Follow up: Follow-up appointments are usually not necessary. But please check with your physician regarding any follow up visits.

Call your physician for any other concerns or questions.