Adenoids are bodies of tissue found in your throat that prevent germs in your mouth from travelling to your chest. If you experience recurring inflammation of your adenoids – known as adenoiditis – your consultant may decide that the best treatment is to remove your adenoids. This operation is known as an adenoidectomy.

At The London Clinic, we offer adenoidectomy surgery if you experience recurring or severe bouts of adenoiditis. In most cases, this occurs in children rather than adults, though in rare cases adults can also be affected. Adenoidectomies are performed by our consultant ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons who specialise in the latest surgical techniques.

Surgical options for having your adenoids out

There are several surgical options that are used for having your adenoids out. These include:

  • Dissection: this is the most common method of adenoidectomy, where the adenoids are surgically cut out. After the adenoids have been removed, your surgeon will use dissolvable stitches to seal the wound.
  • Laser or ultrasound: as an alternative to cutting your adenoids out, this surgery involves using either laser beams or sound waves to remove your adenoids and seal the blood vessels afterwards.
  • Diathermy: this is where a high frequency current is generated to cut out your adenoids.
  • Power-assisted adenoidectomy: this is where your surgeon removes your adenoids using a microdebrider, which is an electrical instrument with a small precise curved rotating tip.

What to expect from your adenoidectomy

In most cases, an adenoidectomy should only take around 30 minutes. Your doctor will perform the procedure using a general anaesthetic, so you won’t be conscious during the operation. When you wake up afterwards, you’ll need to rest at the Clinic for a few hours until your body has recovered from the effects of the anaesthetic.

You’ll usually be discharged on the same day once you’ve had something to drink and eat, but in some cases you may need to stay overnight. Your surgeon will usually schedule a follow-up consultation to check that the wounds where the adenoids were are healing properly.

The main symptoms after surgery to have your adenoids out may include a blocked nose, sore ears and a sore throat. You may also experience a numb tongue as a result of pressure applied to it during surgery. Although you will feel fairly uncomfortable after having your adenoids out, recovery usually happens within a couple of weeks of the operation.

Recovering from having your adenoids out

To help you cope with any pain that you may be experiencing, your doctor will prescribe basic painkillers that you’ll take orally. You should avoid taking aspirin, which can encourage bleeding. To facilitate a quick recovery, you should rest for a few days after the operation but it is important to stay relatively mobile and drink plenty of fluids.