Adenoidectomy or surgery to remove the adenoids is a type of treatment that can restore normal breathing and reduce snoring and other uncomfortable symptoms in patients with enlarged adenoids. Both adults and children can have problems with adenoids.
What Are Adenoids?
Adenoids are commonly mistaken for tonsils because they are both part of the same system and are in the same general area. They also tend to need removal in many patients. The adenoids are part of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. They are located in the mouth, up in the throat, behind the nasal passages. Adenoids produce antibodies that help clear away infection and keep body fluids balanced.
A very common reason for adenoid removal is an enlargement of the tissue. The location of the adenoids makes it so that when they are enlarged, they can obstruct the airways and can affect hearing. An enlarged adenoid can also cause mild to severe discomfort. Enlargement may be due to an infection caused by bacteria or a virus. An infected or enlarged adenoid can cause difficulty breathing, too. The infection can also spread to other tissues, such as the ears.
When To Consider Adenoidectomy
Doctors will perform a physical examination and evaluate the patient’s medical history to determine whether an adenoidectomy is beneficial. The doctor will likely recommend adenoid removal if you have the following symptoms:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loud snoring that disturbs your partner
- Sleep apnea; sudden pause in breathing during sleep
- Chronic ear infections
- Fluid buildup in the ear
- Adenoid infection that does not respond to antibiotics
- Daytime sleepiness related to poor quality of sleep
- In children, behavioral issues as a result of lack of sleep
Adenoidectomy is usually performed in children under the age of seven. Adenoids tend to shrink with time as they become vestigial. Adults who have adenoids that did not shrink can experience symptoms and require removal.
Talk To Your Doctor About Adenoidectomy
Adenoidectomy involves the use of general anesthesia. As with any surgery, there are risks associated with adenoid removal. Doctors typically weigh the pros and cons of surgery according to the patient’s condition and if the benefits outweigh the risks. Breathing, swallowing, and sleep issues are all serious and should be addressed. If left untreated, an enlarged adenoid can lead to hearing loss.
Adenoid Removal Surgery in Georgetown, TX
Dr. Scott W. Franklin of Georgetown ENT frequently performs adenoidectomy for patients suffering from symptoms. It is an outpatient procedure, which means you or your child can return home on the same day as the procedure. Dr. Franklin can also perform other surgeries with an adenoidectomy to address chronic ear infections and sinus infections.