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Adenoid Removal

Adenoid Removal Surgical Process

Even though adenoid removal surgery is quick and simple, it poses lot of risks. The surgical term for removing adenoids is Adenoidectomy and the process is usually conducted on children after seven years of age. During these periods, adenoid glands stop functioning and in certain instances, it may start enlarging.

When adenoid glands become enlarged, it triggers umpteen symptoms that usually associate with breathing difficulty. Snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, headache, sinus infection in particular, ear and throat infection etc. may occur while children suffer from swollen adenoids.

Adenoid removal is recommended to avoid these infections. When adenoids become enlarged, it develops as a heap of tissue and thus obstructs the normal breathing process. As you know, if breathing is affected, snoring is the immediate result. Snoring, in turn can trigger a number of health ailments that can prove fatal down the line.

When an ENT surgeon performs the adenoid removal surgery, the patient is administered with anesthesia. Anesthesia can bring in the very risk by causing allergic reactions in the body. The negative effects of anesthesia can be warded off if your child has a good health history. If the surgery is performed on a child whose health is under concern, it is likely that he/she may incur serious allergic reactions in the long run. Allergic reactions may exhibit in the form of sickness, headache, vomiting and dizziness.

Another serious risk of Adenoidectomy is the bleeding from the surgery site. Usually, Adenoidectomy is performed with the aid of a spoon shaped instrument named as curette. The surgeon will scrape the infected adenoid tissue and apply a pack of gauze over the wound. Under usual circumstances, the bleeding stops after a while. However, it is observed that one in hundred children is likely to suffer from excessive bleeding post Adenoidectomy

Removing Adenoids

Adenoid Removal Using Curette

Another nightmare for young kids after Adenoidectomy is the risk of infection. The removed tissue where swollen adenoids developed can become a good pasture for bacteria and viruses. In fact, the surgeon may prescribe antibiotic medicines after the conduct of Adenoidectomy to avoid such risks.

Other less prominent risks involved in Adenoidectomy include ear pain, sore throat, stiffness in jaws, bad breath, blocked nose and change in voice. The child may face difficulty in drinking water and show reluctance in taking in food. Absence or lack of water can pave way for dehydration and may lead to fever with high temperature.

It is advised to take in pain medication prescribed by the doctor. Make sure that the child drinks enough water to avoid dehydration.

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