Your doctor has recommended an adenoidectomy for your child. The
following information is provided to help you prepare for the surgery, and
to help you understand more clearly the associated benefits, risks, and
complications. You are encouraged to ask your doctor any questions that
you feel necessary to help you better understand this procedure.
The adenoids are a mass of lymphoid tissue located behind the nasal
passages. Infected adenoids may become enlarged or chronically infected,
and subsequently lead to obstructed breathing, snoring/sleep apnea, sinus
or ear infections, or other problems. Adenoidectomy is a surgical
procedure performed to remove the adenoids.
These instructions are designed to help your child (and you) recover
from the adenoidectomy as easily as possible. Taking care of your child
can prevent complications. Your doctor will be happy to answer any
questions that you have regarding this material. If your child is having
ear tube surgery (myringotomies and tympanostomy tubes placed) in
conjunction with his/her adenoidectomy, please visit the following
article for further information: Myringotomy.
What are risks and complications of adenoidectomy?
Your child's surgery will be performed safely and with care in order to
obtain the best possible results. You have the right to be informed that
the surgery may involve risks of unsuccessful results, complications, or
injury from both known and unforeseen causes. Because individuals differ
in their response to surgery, their anesthetic reactions, and their
healing outcomes, ultimately there can be no guarantee made as to the
results or potential complications.
The following complications have been reported in the medical
literature. This list is not meant to be inclusive of every possible
complication. They are listed here for your information only, not to
frighten you, but to make you aware and more knowledgeable concerning this
- Failure to resolve the ear or sinus infections, or
relieve nasal drainage.
- Bleeding. In very rare situations, the need for blood products or a
blood transfusion. You have the
right, should you choose, to have autologous (blood from yourself) or
designated donor directed blood prepared in advance in case an emergency
transfusion is necessary. You are encouraged to consult with your doctor if
you are interested.
- A permanent change in voice or nasal regurgitation
- Need for further and more aggressive surgery such as
sinus, nasal, or tonsil surgery.
- Failure to improve the nasal airway or resolve snoring, sleep apnea, or mouth breathing.
- Need for allergy evaluation, treatments, or environmental controls.
Surgery is neither a cure nor a substitute for good allergy control or
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