Adenoid Enlargement

The adenoid tissue is located at the back of your nose and is a part of your immune system
which helps fight infection and protects your body from bacteria and viruses. It starts to grow
from birth and reaches maximum size at age three to five years.

When is adenoidectomy necessary?

Enlarged adenoid  for some children can interfere with their daily life by blocking nasal airway, maintaining recurrent infections and causing hearing loss

– Breathing problems

The nasal blockage could be that severe to disturb your child’s everyday life, interfering with feeding, increasing the risk for tooth decays or cavity due to severe mouth breathing. In addition to these, your child is susceptible to catch more nasal infection. The disturbed overnight sleeping will eventually lead towards a negative setback to your child’s development.

– Glue ear

The enlarged adenoid is also able to press on the entrance of the Eustachian tubes, which function is to connect the ear to the back of the nose to maintain air pressure and help drain away any fluid that builds up in the middle ear. When these tubes are blocked, fluids buildups which will change overtime and thicken. Like glue causing sounds coming into the ear to be muffled. If your child cannot hear sounds clearly, it may affect their learning, development and social interaction. It is therefore important that glue ear is diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

Risks of an adenoidectomy

An adenoidectomy is a low-risk procedure that rarely causes any complications. It is a relatively common operation that is quick and easy to carry out. The possible problems are with the newest technology and proper post op care is almost minimal and can be managed on site.

How are the adenoids removed?

An adenoidectomy is a “minor” procedure, normally carried out within 15-30 minutes under general anesthesia so your child will be asleep during the procedure and will not feel anything. The adenoid tissue can be removed by the newest & safest technology  is either by “microdebrider, curette or laser”. Your child can leave the hospital after couple of hours. At home only nasal saline irrigation and mild painkiller for 3 days necessary.

Please keep in mind by  removal of  adenoid tissue, your child will be not in  greater risk of developing infection. The body’s immune system is perfectly able to cope with bacteria and viruses without the adenoid tissue.

Your child will usually only need to stay in hospital for a couple hours.

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