What happens during the adenoidectomy surgery?
Adenoidectomy surgery involves the removal of the adenoid glands and this procedure is most commonly done in children.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which means your child will be asleep and will not feel any pain. Your child should not eat or drink for several hours before the surgery in order to prevent vomiting during the procedure. Your surgeon will place a small tool in your child’s mouth in order to hold it open during the surgery. Then, with the help of a spoon-shaped tool (curette) or a tool that is used to cut soft tissues, the adenoid glands are removed.
In some cases, electrocautery, a method that uses electricity to remove the tissue and also cease bleeding may be used. Radiofrequency energy is also employed to perform adenoid removal and is called coblation.
Your child will be taken to the recovery room after the surgery, and you will be able to take your child back home within a few hours when breathing, coughing, and swallowing becomes normal. Younger children who may have higher-risk conditions or trouble breathing may need to stay overnight to be kept under observation.