(Annan and Thampi-2 Children, elder brother aged 10 and younger one 8, having their Adenoid removed. Both Annan and Thampi are loud snorers, having sleep apnea.The adenoid operation was done in Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, South India, by Dr.K.O.Paulose FRCS DLO).
Adenoidectomy may be recommended when the enlarged adenoids are blocking your child\’s airway. This may be suspected if your child snores a lot,has stoppage of breathing called sleep apnea, has trouble breathing through their nose (nasal obstruction)and your child may have ear infections and hearing loss.
Adenoid removal is surgery to take out the adenoid glands. These glands are located between the airway you breathe into through your nose and the back of your throat. Often, adenoid removal is done at the same time as a tonsillectomy, surgery to remove the tonsils. Adenoid removal is also called adenoidectomy.
Under General Anesthesia, The surgeon will insert mouth gag into your child\’s mouth to prop it open. Then the surgeon will remove the adenoid glands with a curette or a microdebrider or a coblator,( medical devices used to cut away soft tissue).Some surgeons may cauterize the adenoids (seal the tissue using a heated device) instead of removing them.
Your child will stay in the recovery room after surgery until they are awake and can breathe easily, cough, and swallow. Most patients can go home several hours after this surgery.