Adenoidectomy & Tonsillectomy Treatment
Information on Adenoidectomy & Tonsillectomy
Adenoidectomy is surgery to remove the adenoids. The word “adenoids” refers to a single mass of tissue that helps the body fight disease. This mass is located behind the nose and upper throat. It is near the passage to the middle ear (eustachian tube). It is hidden from view by the soft palate. Adenoidectomy may be needed if enlarged adenoid tissue obstructs breathing. It may also be done if infected adenoid tissue is causing ear infections or sinus infections.
What is tonsillitis
Tonsils are the infection-fighting lymph nodes located on either side of the back of the mouth. Sometimes the tonsils become inflamed because of chronic infections, this causes chronic sore throats. This is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 15—although it can occur at any age.
Tonsillectomy is surgery to remove the tonsils. The tonsils are 2 small masses of tissue that help the body fight disease. They are located in the back of the throat, behind and above the tongue. The tonsils are easily seen. Tonsillectomy may be performed if enlarged tonsils make it hard to breathe. It may also be performed if the tonsils are often infected.
What do the adenoids & tonsils do
The exact role is unknown, but they are part of the body’s immune system.
Removal of the tonsils and adenoids is one of the most common surgical procedures. Although the tonsils and adenoids help to fight infections, their removal does not affect the body’s ability to fight infection in a negative way.