Adenoidectomy, or adenoid removal, is the operative procedure to remove adenoids. The adenoid glands are a patch of lymphatic tissue found behind the nasal cavity, on the top of the nasopharynx. Adenoids and tonsils keep the body healthy by trapping harmful germs that enter the mouth and nose.


Signs & Symptoms of Enlarged Adenoids

Kids with enlarged adenoids might exhibit the below-given signs and symptoms

  • Breathing problems through the nose
  • Breathing through the mouth results in dry lips and a dry mouth.
  • Noisy breathing
  • Bad breath
  • Snoring
  • During sleep, the breathing stops for a few seconds (obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Long-lasting sinus infections
  • Ear infections, middle ear fluid, and hearing loss

If you looking for an adenoidectomy surgery then consult an ENT specialist.

adenoidectomy symptoms

Adenoidectomy indications -

The indications for adenoidectomy are:

  • Enlarged adenoids (adenoid hypertrophy) result in sleep apnea.
  • Enlarged adenoids cause the eustachian tube obstruction.
  • Recurrent ​ear infections (otitis media)
  • Recurrent tonsillitis (along with tonsil removal)
  • Chronic sinusitis

If you looking for an adenoidectomy surgery then consult an ENT specialist.

Aenoidectomy Procedure

How to prepare for the surgery?

Before the adenoidectomy, your child has to do some preoperative blood tests and body scans as suggested by the doctor. The doctor will record your child's medical history and check if there are any bleeding problems, allergies, medical-related problems, and overall general health.

Your healthcare provider will give separate instructions about surgery-related precautions like when to avoid eating and drinking before the surgery, etc. If you have any doubts about the operation, talk to your doctor.

adenoidectomy procedure

During the Aenoidectomy procedure

  • A surgeon will conduct an adenoidectomy operation under general anaesthesia.
  • The removal of adenoids is done through the mouth. The operating surgeon will insert a small instrument into your child's mouth to open it. The surgeon will then eliminate the adenoids by making a small incision or cauterising, sealing the area with a hot device.
  • Cauterizing and covering the area with gauze will restrict bleeding during the procedure. Stitches are not always necessary.

During the Aenoidectomy procedure

  • After the operation, your child will be shifted to another room for monitoring. The child will be administered IV medications and painkillers to reduce pain and swelling.
  • After going through all the health reports, the doctor will decide when to discharge the patient. The child can completely recover from an adenoidectomy surgery in one to two weeks.
  • It is normal if your kid has a sore throat for a few weeks after surgery. Give lots of fluids to your child to avoid dehydration, as good hydration helps to reduce pain.

Avoid giving spicy, hot, or hard foods for the initial days.

The following is a list of good diet options -

  • Water
  • Fruit juice
  • Ice cream
  • Curd and rice
  • Pudding
  • Apple sauce
  • Warm chicken soup
  • Soft-cooked meats and vegetables
  • Khichdi

Adenoidectomy risks

Adenoidectomy risks include the common risk factors found in all other surgeries.

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Pain
  • Failure to resolve symptoms
  • Risks with anaesthesia

Other complications of adenoidectomy include:

  • Injury to the soft palate.
  • Injury to the eustachian tube
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency and incompetence
  • Irreversible changes in voice quality

Bloodless Adenoidectomy Using Coablation

One of the recent buzz word in the world of ENT is “Coablation” which is used for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy both. Adenoidectomy done with coablation technique helps in complete excision of the adenoids by gently dissolving or shrinking the target tissue without impacting the surrounding soft tissue. It works at a relatively low temperature ensuring minimal damage to the surrounding tissues and brings the best surgical outcomes.


  • Daycare procedure with minimal pain
  • Complete removal of adenoids with no recurrence reported
  • No bleeding
  • Faster recovery

Adenoidectomy Care at Medicover Hospitals

Medicover Hospitals has some of the top ENT surgeons performing adenoidectomy with 100% success rate and without any post-surgical complications. We are also equipped with high-end infrastructure, latest equipment, medical devices and state-of-the-art facilities to perform the surgery in a safe environment bringing the best treatment outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What things should my child avoid after an adenoidectomy?

Advise your kid to avoid strenuous physical activities and shouting loudly. Allow to take rest for one week.

2. When can my child attend school after adenoidectomy?

Your child can return to school four or five days after the operation only with the doctor’s approval.

3. Who performs the adenoidectomy surgery?

An experienced ENT surgeon can perform the procedure.

4. Which doctor should I consult for enlarged adenoids?

You can consult an ENT specialist doctor.

5. Does adenoidectomy lead to poor immunity?

Adenoid glands contribute little to our body's immunity. Therefore, the surgery does not affect our immunity in a big way.

6. When will the bad breath due to adenoidectomy go away?

Bad breath due to adenoidectomy can stay for ten days.

7. What is the cost of adenoidectomy surgery in India?

The average cost of Adenoidectomy in India is Rs. 93,000.