|Anatomy of the Adenoids|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Dehydration from difficulty taking fluids
- Re-growth of adenoid tissue
- A permanent change in voice
- Reaction to anesthesia
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam of the tonsils, throat, and neck
- Blood test
- Review your medications—You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
- Order x-rays —To assess the size of the adenoids.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Light bleeding
- Nasal stuffiness or drainage
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
- Difficulty swallowing
- Ear or throat pain
- Stiff or sore neck
- Nasal speech
- Eat light meals of soft foods for the first several days.
- Avoid hot liquids.
- Take prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
- Take pain medication as needed.
- Avoid swimming and rough or intense exercise.
- Avoid forceful nose blowing.
Call Your Doctor
- A sudden increase in the amount of bleeding from the mouth or nose; If your child is swallowing a lot, check the back of their throat with a flashlight to look for blood
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, or any discharge from the nose or mouth
- Increased swelling or redness of the eyes
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Pain that cannot be controlled with the medications you were given
- Noisy or difficulty breathing
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American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology http://www.aspo.us
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery http://www.entcanada.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/23/2014 -
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