By Healthtrip Team Blog Published on - 25 July - 2022

Does Your Child Need Adenotonsillectomy and Turbinate Surgery?


Adenotonsillectomy and turbinate surgery are primarily performed on children. Your child may need one of these procedures if they’re suffering from snoring, pauses between breathing, or if they have frequent severe tonsillitis. And we believe that apart from the doctors, parents can also contribute to the success of such surgeries. In this blog, we've briefly covered adenotonsillectomy and turbinate surgery, so you can learn how to help your child during and after surgery and on their way to recovery.

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What are adenoids and tonsils and what do they do?

  • Adenoids: Adenoids are made of lymph tissue, which aids in the fight against infections. Adenoids are located at the junction of the nose and the throat. Special instruments are required to see them through the mouth.

Adenoids grow larger in young children and then shrink to adult size between the ages of 8 and 12 years.

  • Tonsils: Tonsils are fleshy pads located on each side of the throat. They are made of lymph tissue, which aids in the fight against infections. Tonsils grow larger in young children and then shrink to adult size between the ages of 8 and 12 years.

Although tonsils and adenoids are part of the infection-fighting (immune) system, their removal will not harm your child’s immune system.

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Why would your child need adenotonsillectomy surgery?

  • Adeno-Tonsillectomy surgery is commonly used in children to treat recurring ear, nose, and throat infections.
  • If your child has large adenoids, removing them will allow air to pass through their nose while they are talking and eating. This may improve your child's voice quality as well.
  • Tonsillitis develops when the tonsils become infected. This can make your child feel ill by causing pain, fever, and difficulty swallowing.

Adenoid and tonsil removal can be done individually or can also be performed together through adenotonsillectomy surgery.

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What is turbinate surgery?

Turbinate surgery is often performed to improve the overall nasal flow. Typically, surgery is performed through the nostrils on both sides of the nose. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia. This procedure is sometimes used in conjunction with other procedures like sinus surgery, septoplasty, or nasal endoscopy to improve nasal breathing.

Why would your child need turbinate surgery?

Your child’s ENT surgeon may recommend turbinate surgery only if:

  • Your child is having difficulty breathing through the nose.
  • Having epistaxis(nose bleeds)
  • Snoring problems

What are the benefits of these surgeries?

There are no other medical treatments for enlarged adenoids besides waiting for the problem to resolve itself. By removing them, your child should experience relief from a blocked or runny nose and may sleep better.

Furthermore, surgery is the only sure way to prevent tonsillitis from recurring. However, throat infections due to cold and flu may still happen.

A turbinectomy is typically recommended for patients who have a severely blocked nose.

Parent’s role during surgery:

The most important role of a parent or guardian before surgery is to keep your child calm and relaxed. The best way to help your child remain calm is for you to remain calm as well.

You’ve to take extra care of your child after surgery. You should know how to take care at home during those post-operative (after surgery) days.

Our expert advice will help you through your child’s journey to recovery from surgery.

  • Your child may catch a cold or another infection more easily in the 14 days following surgery. Friends and family who are or may become ill should refrain from attending.
  • You will be asked to follow up with your child's ENT doctor or pediatrician after the surgery to have your child checked.
  • You might notice a difference in your child's voice. These changes are normal, but if your child continues to "baby" his or her voice for several weeks after surgery, consult with a pediatrician or an ENT specialist.
  • After 7 days, your child may return to school.
  • Sports or strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 2 to 3 weeks following surgery.

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