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How to Prepare for Adenoid Surgery

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Your adenoids are a mass of soft tissue located behind the nasal cavity. They are used to filter out germs that pass through the mouth or nose. These adenoids also produce antibodies which help fight off infection. If these become infected, you may require adenoid surgery. The infection can cause both swelling and inflammation, and while it does affect children more, it can also impact adults.

Surgery will be required if issues with the adenoids cause problems breathing, earaches or even chronic infections.

Here are some of the ways that you can prepare for this surgery after speaking to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor.

Discuss benefits and risks

While this is a common surgery, it’s always important to discuss the benefits and risks with your ENT doctor. This procedure will typically help resolve any infections or chronic issues you experience with your adenoids. While side effects are rare, the main risks include bleeding and infection of the surgery site.

Preparing your body

You will be pleased to learn that adenoid surgery is not complex, which is why an overnight stay is typically not required. To prepare for your surgery, talk with your ENT doctor about any medications you should avoid before the surgery. This may include painkillers, anti-inflammatory or non-steroidal medication. Your doctor should provide you with a list of medication or supplements to skip prior to your surgery.

Day of surgery

Your doctor will likely advise you not to eat after midnight before your surgery, including water or gum. Eating too close to your procedure can increase the risk of complications. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you medical forms have been completely filled out and your doctor has all the necessary paperwork. If you wake up ill or sick on the day of the surgery, contact your ENT specialist immediately. The surgery will likely be rescheduled.

Ease anxiety

Finally, you need to make sure that you are mentally prepared for your adenoid surgery. There are are a few ways to do this. First, speak to your specialist and get a thorough idea of what to expect during recovery. Talk to your ENT doctor about any stress or nerves you may be experiencing. They will be happy to answer all of your questions and discuss any concerns.


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