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.
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.
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We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
What's included in your package?
Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
Your treatment package will include:
- Enhanced pre-admission assessment
- Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
- Personalised aftercare and follow-up
We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.
How to pay
- You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
- You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
- If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis