Adenoids are a part of the immune system that helps ward off infections and keeps bacteria and viruses at bay. A quick surgery to remove them is called adenoidectomy. This WellnessKeen article looks into the ‘before’, ‘during’, and ‘after’ phases of this surgical procedure.
After an adenoidectomy, most children experience:
✦ Lesser ear and throat infections
✦ Easy breathing through the nose
Adenoids are a small group of lymph nodes in the neck, which are present only in children. These are present at the junction of the nose and throat. These are lymph nodes, which, during childhood, are considered to be a part of the immune system. Thus, they help in fighting off infections during childhood.
Adenoids start to grow at birth, and by age 7, start to shrink, almost disappearing during teenage. However, as a person ages, there may be problems like swelling or enlargement that could lead to a person being left with no choice, but to have these adenoids removed. This surgical removal is known as an adenoidectomy. This procedure is normally carried out in children. However, an adenoidectomy is not performed on a child who is below the age of six years. This is because, at this age, the adenoids are still considered to be an integral part of the immune system. Given below are details about how adenoids are removed and what precautions need to be followed after this surgery.
Why is Surgery Essential?
Before the Surgery: Preparation
Side effects like these are, however, minimal, and so, it need not be a cause for concern. Complete recovery happens in about one or two weeks.
The main reason adenoidectomy is not a very bothersome surgery is because it is considered that as a person ages, especially in case of adults, adenoids become vestigial organs. Hence, when there is a flare up of adenoids in case of upper respiratory infections, it is considered to be more of a nuisance than of help. In the end, this surgical procedure is a regular and simple one. Ensure that the doctor explains the procedure in depth before undertaking it.
Sometimes (on rare occasions that is), this tissue may grow back; however, it mostly does not cause any problem.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for professional medical advice.