Adenoids are lumps of lymphoid tissue located high behind the nose. These are not visible from outside. Enlarged adenoids can obstruct the nasal airway and need to be taken out.

An adenoidectomy is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about 20 – 30 minutes. The surgeon uses cold instrumentation or microdebrider or coblation through the mouth to completely remove the adenoids. Nasal endoscopic assistance may also be taken by the surgeon to confirm that the adenoids have indeed been removed completely.

Conditions treated

  • Enlarged Adenoids
  • Sleep Apnoea

Why this surgery?

  • Enlarged adenoids can hinder proper breathing, especially during sleep-time, it is necessary that adenoids be removed to improve breathing.
  • Enlarged adenoids can also cause ear infections as these affect the Eustachian tubes connecting the middle ears with the back of the nose.
  • An adenoidectomy is also helpful in bringing relief from sleep apnoea and mouth breathing that causes not only malaligned teeth, it also leads to recurrent upper respiratory infections that occur as adenoids are a harbour for infectious microbes.


  • Improves breathing.
  • Brings relief from sleep apnoea and mouth breathing.

Know more about Adenoidectomy Surgery

  • The patient should have no food at all from six hours prior to the surgery.
  • If the infant is undergoing Adenoidectomy, bring along special formula/breast milk for post-operative feeding.
  • If the patient’s is suffering from cough, cold, fever or throat pain, parents must mention it to the doctor and anaesthetist. 
  • If the patient is allergic to any drugs that should be mentioned as well.
  • The patient will not be allowed any drink or food till 4-5 hours after the surgery. After that cold water can be given to sip.
  • After the patient eats or drinks anything, he/she should gargle their mouth with plain water and that should then be spit out.
  • While mostly it is in throat, sometimes the pain can also be felt in the ears, jaws or neck that can last for up to a fortnight after the surgery.
  • The patient should use pain medications as prescribed by the operating surgeon.
  • The patient should be given plenty of fluids like cold water to drink or even ice-cream.
  • The patient should eat only non-spicy and easy-to-swallow food.
  • Patient should take a week’s bed rest and strenuous exercise, running and bike riding are not allowed for a fortnight
  • The patient may snore and breathe through the mouth due to swollen throat which will take 10-14 days to subside.
  • The patient can have low fever for 2-3 days after the surgery.

The patient will be required to come for post-op check-ups in the OPD on day 1, day 3, day 7, day 14, day 21, and day 28 after the surgery.

  • Bleeding
  • Infection at the surgery site

Why Dr Rao’s ENT?

Best Success Rate – Adenoidectomy when conducted by expert surgeon delivers very successful outcomes.

Facilities Available

World Class Technology

  • Arthrocare Coblator (USA)- Used for Adenoidectomy and Tonsillectomy.
  • Storz Image 1 HD endoscope camera system (GERMANY)-Used for nasal endoscopy
  • Lumenis AcuPulse DUO with complete ENT accessories (USA) –
    It has a combination of precision transoral laser microsurgery to treat tumors of the throat and larynx,and the flexibility of fiber-delivered laser energy to treat hard-to-reach anatomy.
    Enables Bloodless & millimetre precision surgeries.
    Combines fibre & free beam laser technologies
    CO2 fibres transmitting an aiming beam
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