Anenoid Surgery

Adenoids are small glands in the throat at the back of the nose. They are there to fight germs in younger children. After the age of about three years, the adenoids are no longer needed. Your body can still fight germs without your adenoids. We only take them out if they are doing more harm than good.

What are adenoid glands? 

Adenoid glands are found in the throat at the back of the nose. The glands work hard to fight off infections, especially in younger children. Many young children pick up illnesses more often than older children. 

When can Adenoid glands be removed? 

There is no evidence to suggest that removing the adenoid glands negatively affects the immune system and the body’s ability to fight germs. It is believed that they actually only help children up to the age of three. 

While they may not provide benefits after three years, there are only certain instances where they will be removed. 

What problems can adenoid glands cause? 

Here are some of the issues that adenoid glands can cause. 

Breathing difficulties 

In some children, the adenoid glands can grow too big. This is an issue as it can cause children to struggle with breathing through their noses. To combat the issue, they will breathe through their mouths, which can cause problems in itself. 

Excessive snoring 

Those with larger adenoid glands are also likely to experience snoring through the night. This can lead to children stopping breathing for short spaces of time (a few seconds), but it can also cause disrupted sleep. Disrupted sleep has its own consequences. When people stop breathing due to their adenoid glands, it can be referred to as sleep apnoea. 

Hearing problems 

The adenoid glands can affect a child’s hearing. This is because the glands can grow too big and cause blockages. Some children also experience glue ear, which is a build-up of fluid in the ear, which can be caused by adenoid glands. 

Adenoid gland surgery 

Adenoid surgery is usually best avoided in young children unless they are causing serious issues. This is due to the risks associated with the surgery. There is no age limit on who can have the surgery, but as we age, it generally becomes less necessary. 

What happens during adenoid gland surgery? 

After a thorough consultation about your child’s experiences and medical history, a medical professional may decide that it’s best to remove the glands. 

The surgery can be performed through the mouth or through the nose. This is a quick operation, usually taking around 15 minutes. Children will receive a general anaesthetic before the surgery. 

Recovery after adenoid gland surgery

After the surgery, your child will be monitored carefully. Providing that they are experiencing no further issues, they can usually leave the hospital the same day. Some children may be required to stay in for a few days, but a doctor will discuss this with you. 

Your child may experience some side effects, such as the following. 

  • Sore throat 

  • Sore ears 

  • Feeling of sickness 

  • Blocked nose 

  • Tiredness 

It’s best that your child rests after the surgery, and they should have at least one week off school. We may request that you bring your child in for a follow-up appointment. 

Adenoid gland surgery is safe and will only be performed if it is necessary. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.