Adenoidectomy is the surgery in which the adenoid glands are removed. It is often done in children along with the tonsillectomy, the removal of tonsils. Adenoid glands are located at the back of the throat and the nasal airway. In children, they act as guards to prevent the attacks of pathogens. After a certain age, children’s body become sufficiently immune to prevent the attacks of pathogens. They would no longer require the functioning of the adenoids
Why go for adenoidectomy?
Adenoidectomy is performed on thousands of children every year. However, it is not necessary in all cases of adenoid problems. Adenoidectomy is administered only if the adenoids become infected repeatedly. If these glands get infected, children would have a tough time. They would have problems with eating, drinking, breathing and coughing.
Adenoid removal in adults
Adenoid removal in adults is rare. If the adenoids were not removed in children, they would remain in the area between the nasal passage and the back of the throat in its shrunken form. These glands may get infected and adenoidectomy would be the only possible solution then.
When to consider adenoidectomy?
You need to consider adenoidectomy for your children under the following circumstances.
· If child has problems with breathing as the airway is blocked by the enlarged adenoids. Children with infected adenoids would often complain that they have problems with breathing.
· When children or adults start snoring without any clear reasons such as obesity, wrong sleeping posture or alcoholism or running nose. Snoring is one of the clear symptoms of the infected adenoids. If your child snores regularly, consider taking him/her to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist to treat the infected adenoids.
· Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition, in which the breathing stops during the sleep for a short period. Sleep apnea is often associated with snoring. However, recent studies indicate that sleep apnea could also happen due to infected adenoids.
· Ear infection is also an indication of infected adenoids. If you notice ear infection in your child, see a doctor immediately.
· If the child starts to lose concentration in his studies or lose interest in normal activities, it could be a sign that he is suffering from pain due to infected adenoids. If so, take him to an ENT specialist immediately.
Adenoidectomy is performed on both children as well as adults. If the adults suffer from problems with infected adenoids, then adenoid removal in adults can be considered.