Adenoids are small pads of soft tissue located in the back of your nose. Though adenoids tend to shrink during childhood and will usually disappear during adulthood, it is possible for them to cause problems for you. If you have problems with your adenoids, you may need an adenoidectomy.
Possible causes of adenoid problems:
Infection by viruses or bacteria. Even a single infection can lead to permanent adenoid swelling. Eustachian tubes can be blocked by large adenoids and this can lead to ear infections and other ear problems.
Possible symptoms of adenoid problems:
Nasal congestion, frequent upper respiratory tract infections, ear infections, fluid buildup behind the ear drum.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be a candidate for an adenoidectomy. The procedure is typically performed in children and adolescents, but adults will occasionally need the procedure done as well. Talk to us if you or your child is having trouble with nasal congestion, snoring or choking at night, frequent nasal infections or ear infections.
While adenoids are located at the back of the nose, they are removed through the mouth. Dr. Davis performs this outpatient procedure, which typically takes less than 45 minutes, using an endoscopically assisted technique in a nearby operating room. Recovery from the procedure is less intense than recovering from a tonsillectomy, although these procedures are often performed simultaneously, particularly in children. We recommend limited activity for a week following the procedure. Over the counter medications are usually all that are necessary to control discomfort but we can of course prescribe additional medication if needed.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*