Adenoids are small glands located near the back of the throat that produce antibodies that help protect against infection and disease. When they become inflamed or enlarged, they can cause difficulty breathing through your nose, as well as frequent ear infections. In this case, an adenoidectomy may be necessary to remove them from blocking the airways and causing further health problems such as snoring or sleep apnea, a condition where one stops breathing during sleep.
Adenoid issues can affect adults and children alike. In this article, we will talk about how adenoid surgery is usually performed by doctors.
Who Performs Adenoid Surgery?
The doctor performing this procedure will usually be an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist), sometimes referred to as an ENT doctor who has specialized training in treating conditions related to the head and neck area, including ear infections, sinus problems, and tonsillitis. During the pre-operative consultation, the doctor will discuss any potential risks associated with this type of surgery, such as bleeding or infection, before going ahead with it, if deemed necessary.
What is Involved in Adenoidectomy Surgery?
General anesthesia is typically used during an adenoidectomy, which means the patient will be asleep throughout the procedure. The inflamed adenoids can be removed through the mouth. Doctors use a tool called a curette and a blade to scrape off the tissue. To stop the bleeding, they can use either a cotton ball or a device that heats up the tissue.
Along with the removal of the adenoid tissue, doctors may also remove the tonsils, if tonsillitis has become a chronic issue. After the surgery, patients are wheeled into the recovery room until theyawaken from the anesthesia. Doctors clear patients to leave after checking that they can breathe, swallow, and cough normally.
What is Recovery from Adenoidectomy Surgery Like?
Recovery from the surgery is usually quick, especially for children. Within a week or two, patients should have completely recovered. Adopting a soft food diet is usually recommended during the first few days to avoid discomfort. Rest is also important to allow the body to recover. You may wear an ice collar for a more comfortable recovery.
A fever, coughing up blood, or severe pain are signs of complications and should be brought to the attention of the doctor right away. Otherwise, stick to the doctor’s recovery plan and take your medicine as directed.
Adenoidectomy Doctor in Georgetown, TX
Dr. Scott W. Franklin of Georgetown ENT is a double-board certified ENT surgeon who is highly experienced in performing tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures. Dr. Franklin treats adults and children with chronic adenoid issues and guides them through the process to ensure a successful outcome. Our entire healthcare team is committed to helping restore your normal breathing and solve your issue of chronic infections once and for all. Dr. Franklin will assess your condition and determine the best treatment method that will provide the best results.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Franklin, call our office today at (512) 869-0604, or use our convenient online request form. We look forward to providing you with the best in the ear, nose, and throat care in Georgetown.