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What is Adenoidectomy?

Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoids.

They may be removed for several reasons, including impaired breathing through the nose or chronic infections or earaches, are largely performed on children, and less common for adults. It is most often done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.

Post-operative pain is generally minimal and prevented with an abundance of icy or cold foods, but spicy foods should be avoided.

This procedure is frequently paired with tonsillectomy, in situations where needed. Recovery time can range from several hours to several days, depending in part on the age of the patient.

Adenoidectomy is not often performed on children under 6, as the adenoids aid the body’s immune system, but become vestigial organs in adults.

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