Adenoid Removal - St. Augustine ENT

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue similar to the lymph nodes found in the neck. The adenoids are located between the nasal airway you breathe into through your nose and the back of your throat. Swollen adenoid glands can cause breathing problems, snoring and sleep apnea. An adenoidectomy is surgical procedure used to permanently remove the adenoid glands. Unlike your tonsils, the adenoids are not easily visible through the mouth.

The adenoids are thought to assist the body's natural defense mechanisms, but this function may only be important during the first year of infancy. Presently, there is no evidence to support a significant role of the adenoids in long-term immunity. If your child has repeated bouts of tonsillitis, our head and neck surgeon may recommend a tonsillectomy at the same time as an adenoidectomy. Children who have had their tonsils and adenoids removed suffer no loss in their ability to fight infections.

Why Choose an Adenoidectomy?

Adenoid tissue in children can temporarily swell as it tries to fight off an infection which results in symptoms to include:

  • blocked but runny nose
  • sticky fluid in ears
  • snoring
  • breathing thru the mouth
  • frequent sinus symptoms

If swollen adenoids are affecting your child's breathing or development, call St. Augustine ENT at 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt response. Dr. DePasquale may also recommend adenoid removal for adult patients suffering from chronic sore throat from breathing through the mouth.

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