Adenoidectomy Surgical Instructions (cont.)

What are risks and complications of adenoidectomy?

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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 surgical procedure.

  • 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 (rare).
  • Need for further and more aggressive surgery such as sinus, nasal, or tonsil surgery.
  • Infection.
  • 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 treatment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/28/2014

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