Adenoidectomy in Tampa and Spring Hill, FL
As part of your body’s immune system, the adenoid helps protect you from viruses and bacteria. Unfortunately, the adenoid may cause more problems, such as obstructed airway and infections. An adenoidectomy from Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists resolves many problems associated with the adenoid. Our physicians are board-certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, making us the leading adenoidectomy facility in Tampa, Spring Hill and surrounding areas in Florida.
What Is An Adenoidectomy?
You may have heard of an adenoidectomy, but you may not know what it is or even where the adenoids are located in the human body. An adenoidectomy is performed under general anesthesia and involves removing adenoid glands from the upper airway. The goal of an adenoidectomy is to allow the patient to live a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle.
Benefits Of An Adenoidectomy
The main goal of an adenoidectomy is to enhance the patient’s health. But, there are additional ancillary benefits to an adenoidectomy that include but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- If the gland obstructed the patient’s airway, removal of this gland would allow the patient to have a better quality of sleep.
- Decreased amount of upper airway infections.
- In children, a removed adenoid will allow for proper facial development.
- Adenoid removal has a quick recovery time.
What Are Adenoids?
An integral part of the immune system, the adenoid can be found in the back of the throat, at the point where the throat and the nose meet. Though a common mistake is to refer to the adenoid in the plural, humans only have one adenoid. Sometimes referred to as a pharyngeal tonsil, the adenoid is a single mass of tissue that works as a “germ processing center.” The adenoid helps our bodies recognize the different types of germs. Our immune systems then work to fight off the germs to prevent infections.
How Is An Adenoidectomy Performed?
Because an adenoidectomy is performed under general anesthesia, the patient is asleep as our Suncoast ENT removes the gland through the mouth. A tool will be used to keep the mouth propped open, and an endoscope will be used to visualize the adenoid better.
The physician uses a small instrument known as a “curette” or diathermy instrument which produces high-frequency electrical currents that burn the adenoid. Your Suncoast ENT will scrape your troublesome adenoid away. After the adenoid is removed, and the open wound stitched up, the patient is brought out of anesthesia.
Will My Child’s Immune System Be Weaker If The Adenoid Is Removed?
Even though the adenoid serves a vital function within the immune system, it is only a small part of a larger network that wards off infection in our bodies. If an adenoid is removed, the immune system has other ways of learning to recognize different germs. As such, children who “lose” their adenoid are in no worse condition than those who “keep” their adenoid. In fact, the opposite is true: children who suffer from certain kinds of infections, such as nasal infections, will get them much less frequently when their adenoid is taken out.
Why Do Some Children Need To Have Their Adenoid Removed?
Our physician may recommend the removal of your child’s adenoid for a number of reasons. The most common reason being that, when the adenoid is enlarged, the child will have difficulty breathing (and, by extension, sleeping). Once the adenoid is removed, that problem goes away. As to why an enlarged adenoid happens to some children and not others, the science behind it is unclear.
In the most severe cases of an enlarged adenoid, the gland can block the entire back of the nose. As an end result, your child will snore loudly, or have a disrupted sleep pattern. Lack of proper sleep can result in the child’s concentration patterns being disrupted, as well as experiencing bedwetting, behavioral changes, and sleep apnea.
In some cases, the tonsils may need to be removed with the adenoid to improve your child’s breathing much less laborious and improve sleep. In some cases, though, only the adenoid needs to be removed to solve the problem of poor sleep and breathing patterns.
Another reason a child may have his/her adenoid removed is to solve the problem of chronic ear infections. Because the adenoid is located close to the Eustachian tube — which is responsible for keeping our ears healthy — inflammation of one can often lead to a domino-like effect of inflammation of the other. When the Eustachian tube is inflamed or blocked, it can lead to middle ear infections and/or fluid. An adenoid that is chronically inflamed can actually lead to a malfunctioning Eustachian tube, so removal of the chronically inflamed adenoid will drastically reduce, or even eliminate, the chronic ear infections and/or ear fluid buildup.
Although uncommon, the adenoid can be removed to cure the problem of chronic nasal infections. Having regular thick, green or yellow drainage is a sign of a chronic nasal infection. When left untreated, chronic nasal infection can lead to a chronic sinus infection. You should note that while an adenoidectomy will help manage chronic nasal infections, the procedure will not have any effect on other things that cause nasal drainage, such as the common cold.
Preparing For Your Adenoidectomy
We advise our patients not to eat or drink anything on the day of the surgery because you will be undergoing general anesthesia. Because of the side effects of the anesthesia, you should arrange transportation to and from the facility.
Recovery from an Adenoidectomy
You will be required to eat and drink cold items to reduce the pain and swelling at the wound site, and the recovery process should take no more than ten days. In addition, after you finished the recovery process, you will be required to have a follow-up visit with your Suncoast ENT to ensure that the healing process completed without any issues.
Is An Adenoidectomy Right for Me?
If you suffer from chronic upper airway infections, sleep apnea, chronic earaches, or snoring, an adenoidectomy may be the right solution for you.
The human immune system is both complex and effective in protecting your body from viruses and bacteria that lead to infection. In some cases, though, parts of the immune system cause significant problems in both children and adults. An adenoidectomy may be recommended by the specially-trained physicians at Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists to alleviate your symptoms. To find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure, contact our Tampa or Spring Hill office.