Adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the adenoid.

The adenoids are a group of tiny glands that are in the back of the nasal cavity. They help fight bacteria and viruses that enter the body through nasal airflow. If the adenoids grow swollen or inflamed, it can cause a variety of symptoms including 

  • Snoring or obstructive sleep apnea
  • Mouth breathing
  • Nasal congestion or a runny nose
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Recurrent ear infections

At What Age is an Adenoidectomy Performed?

Surgery is most commonly performed in children under the age of 7 as the adenoids shrink and are gone by age 13. If a patient does not respond to medical management, an adenoidectomy may be recommended.


It is based on clinical symptoms, a nasal endoscopy (a camera to view the deep nasal cavity), or an x-ray of the neck. Your provider will discuss the best method of diagnosis for you or your child.

Our Surgical Procedure at Century ENT

At Century ENT, we conduct the adenoidectomy procedure under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The entire process is executed via the mouth, eliminating the need for any external skin incisions. Our skilled specialists ensure the procedure, typically lasting less than 30 minutes, is as comfortable and efficient as possible.

If the adenoidectomy is performed concurrently with a tonsillectomy or ear tube insertion, it may alter the recovery and post-operative care procedures. Your dedicated Century ENT team will guide you through every step of your recovery process to ensure a successful healing journey.


Pain, swelling, and congestion in the throat are all short-term side effects of surgery. An oral diet is started immediately after surgery.

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