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Adenoids are tonsil-like material, which are located in the back of the nose, just above and behind the palate. After the first year of life, the adenoids do no serve any function and removal does not cause any difficulty with increased infections. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthetic. Adenoidectomy can cause mild difficulty with sore throat, which is not severe ant typically lasts 2-3 days. Low-grade temperature is not uncommon after the procedure. There are no dietary limitations. Quiet activities at home are recommended for 2-3 days the newer techniques involve cauterization and it is not uncommon for children to complain about an odor from the nose, which may last up to two weeks during the healing process.

Pain medication is typically given. It is recommended to stay away from aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve, as these can promote bleeding and we try to minimize any potential bleeding, which is very uncommon with just an adenoidectomy. Also an antibiotic and something for nausea are typically given.

Unfortunately, with any operation there is always some element of risk. With adenoidectomy there is exposure to an anesthetic, small risk of infection, dehydration, bleeding, and difficulty with palate mobility. These risks are very minimal.

If there are any questions or concerns at any time, our office or covering physician are available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Dr. Sawyer 300 Hebron Avenue
Glastonbury, CT
2800 Tamarack Road
South Windsor, CT
Telephone: (860) 659.2759