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What happens during an adenoidectomy?

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An adenoidectomy is done by a doctor who specializes in ear, nose, and throat surgery. It happens in a hospital or outpatient surgical center under general anesthesia, meaning your child is put to sleep. The tonsils and/or adenoids can be removed through the mouth so no cuts are made except for where the tissues are removed.

Most patients can go home after the procedure. But you should expect to be in the surgical center for around 4 or 5 hours after the surgery so your child can be watched. Your doctor will give you more information about what to expect based on your child's particular health needs.

From: Adenoiditis WebMD Medical Reference

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MedlinePlus: "Tonsils and Adenoids." Nemours: "Enlarged Adenoids" and "All About Adenoids." American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Tonsils and Adenoids" and "Tonsils and Adenoids." Children's Hospital St. Louis: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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MedlinePlus: "Tonsils and Adenoids." Nemours: "Enlarged Adenoids" and "All About Adenoids." American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Tonsils and Adenoids" and "Tonsils and Adenoids." Children's Hospital St. Louis: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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