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Adenoids and adenoidectomy

An adenoidectomy is a quick operation to remove the adenoids. Adenoids are small lumps of tissue located at the back of the throat, above the tonsils.
Why adenoids need to be removed
Sometimes a child's adenoids can become swollen or enlarged. For most children, this will only cause mild discomfort and will not require any specific treatment.
How an adenoidectomy is performed
An adenoidectomy is usually performed by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon. The operation is quick and carries very risks.
Risks of an adenoidectomy
An adenoidectomy is a low-risk procedure that rarely causes any complications. It is a relatively common operation that is quick and easy to carry out.
Recovering from an adenoidectomy
Most children find their throat feels very sore after an adenoidectomy but this is perfectly normal. Your child will usually be given painkillers while in hospital to help ease discomfort.