One of the most common causes of breathing issues is enlarged adenoids. It can lead to loud breathing, snoring, and chronic sinus infections. Adenoids can be removed, and it is a very common procedure performed in children and adults, whose adenoids are problematic. Although rare, adults can have enlarged adenoids and suffer the same problems as children. Adenoidectomy is usually recommended if recurrent infections occur despite medical treatment.
Adenoidectomy is a procedure to remove the adenoids. The adenoids are located in the back of the nose, above the tonsils. They are part of the lymphatic system and help to filter out bacteria and other particles from entering the body through the nose. However, if swollen, they become an obstruction to airflow through the nose, causing difficulty breathing and sleep problems.
Let us talk about the several benefits of adenoidectomy surgery and why you should seriously consider the procedure.
Adenoidectomy can restore normal breathing since enlarged adenoids block the flow of air. Adenoidectomy can successfully improve breathing by opening up blocked airways. Without proper treatment, you may not be able to breathe properly or comfortably, both during the day and at night.
Enlarged adenoids are a common cause of obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing and loud snoring. Sleep apnea increases your risk for many chronic diseases. Sleep is very important for overall health and well-being, and adenoidectomy can help you sleep better again.
Reduces Frequency of Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections are a common problem in those with enlarged adenoids, as swollen or infected adenoids block the drainage of the sinuses, causing bacteria to build up in them. Adenoidectomy can significantly reduce the number of chronic sinus infections you develop, improving your quality of life as a result.
Enlarged adenoids can block the Eustachian tubes and prevent normal drainage of fluid from the middle ear, which affects the ability to hear. It can also lead to recurrent ear infections as fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Adenoidectomy improves hearing and the overall function of the ear by removing this obstruction and restoring normal airflow and fluid drainage from the middle ear.
Who Performs Adenoidectomies?
Adenoidectomies are typically performed by an otolaryngologist, a doctor who specializes in disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis, which means the patient does not have to stay overnight in a hospital.
Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Doctor in Georgetown, TX
Dr. Scott William Franklin is our otolaryngologist, or ENT doctor, at Georgetown ENT. He expertly treats adult and pediatric patients with various ear, nose, and throat issues. Dr. Franklin regularly performs adenoidectomy as an outpatient procedure in our Georgetown ENT clinic. He is also uniquely qualified to treat adenoid issues, particularly if they lead to sleep issues like sleep apnea, as Dr. Franklin is also trained in sleep medicine.
Dr. Franklin welcomes your request for a consultation about adenoidectomy. To schedule an appointment, call our ENT clinic today at (512) 869-0604 or use our convenient online appointment request form. We look forward to serving you.