Adenoidectomy is a procedure to remove the pharyngeal tonsils (adenoids). Before Adenoidectomy, it is essential to get a better understanding about the surgical procedure and how to prepare for it.
Things to Know Before Adenoidectomy
The adenoids are masses of lymphoid tissue located in the mouth. The key function of the adenoids is to filter germs which often pass through the mouth or the nose, along with the tonsils. Adenoids are also instrumental in producing antibodies which fight off infections.
Sometimes, while trapping the germs, the adenoids can get infected, leading to swelling and inflammation. This phenomenon is called adenoiditis and it affects children more than adults.
The adenoids are often removed due to the following reasons:
- Difficulty in breathing (through the nose)
- Chronic/Recurrent Infections