Adenoidectomy is a highly effective procedure for the relief of nasal obstruction, boasting a fairly high satisfaction rate of more than 75 percent.
Even with the safety, benefits, and impressive success rate of adenoidectomy, however, you will still want to know about the likelihood of needing a repeat surgery in the future if your ENT specialist has recommended it for you or your child. After all, like any other type of surgical intervention, it is not entirely foolproof. The information we’ve provided below can help set your expectations.
Can Adenoids Grow Back?
Results of studies done to demonstrate the efficacy of adenoidectomy show that a very small percentage of patients – less than two percent – who have had their adenoids removed experience a regrowth of adenoids. Such occurrence has been seen in patients under 5 years of age. Due to such a possibility, doctors carefully factor in the child’s age before recommending adenoidectomy. The younger the child is, the greater their risk for adenoid regrowth.
Nevertheless, given the naturally limited period, adenoid tissue has to regenerate, it’s unlikely that should regrowth occurs, the tissue will ever grow back to its original size and result in the recurrence of the very symptoms that led to the consideration of surgery in the first place. If such ever occurs, unless adenoid regrowth is caused by cancer— which is also extremely rare— your ENT doctor will not recommend a repeat surgical intervention to reverse the problem. Medications are all that your child may need. It’s also worth mentioning that the success of an adenoidectomy mainly hinges on an ENT doctor’s clinical acumen, skills, and experience. A few studies have established the connection between a physician’s inexperience and a higher adenoid regrowth incidence rate. Small adenoid tissue may escape the physician’s detection during surgery, which can lead to the regrowth of adenoid tissue. This goes to show that you need to take the time to find an experienced ENT specialist with a pristine track record.
Adenoidectomy Surgery in Georgetown, TX
At Georgetown ENT, Dr. Scott William Franklin, our board-certified ENT doctor, prides himself on his excellent track record, having performed numerous successful adenoidectomy procedures over the course of his career. This means that should adenoidectomy be necessary for you or your child, you can rest assured that you’re in competent hands.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Franklin, call our ENT clinic today at (512) 869-0604 or use our convenient appointment request form. We look forward to helping you or your child breathe better and sleep soundly again!