What happens during an adenoidectomy?
The ENT surgeon is the one who performs the adenoidectomy. Before the surgery, your child will be administered general anesthesia that makes them sleep throughout the procedure. The surgeon will put the instruments through your child’s mouth to cut and remove the adenoids. The procedure does not require any incision and stitches. A few stitches may be put only on the place from where adenoids have been excised. The whole procedure takes anywhere between 20-30 minutes.
Your child may be discharged on the same day after observation of 4-5 hours or the next day after an overnight stay.
How long does it take to recover from adenoidectomy?
Usually, it takes less than a week for your child to recover from the adenoidectomy. The adenoids also heal on their own. There is mild pain or discomfort for a few days. Your child may also experience sore throat, runny nose, and bad breath for a few days, which is normal.
Here are a few tips to care for your child after the surgery:
- You can encourage your child to have plenty of fluids soon after they recover from the anesthesia.
- Use a cool-mist humidifier if your child suffers from a stuffy nose after the surgery.
- Do not allow your child to play sports until the doctor advises to do so.
- Discourage your child from blowing their nose for 1-2 weeks after the surgery.