The adenoids are a group of glandular tissues located in the back of the nose, behind the palate. In health they contribute to the defence of the body, but frequently these glands can enlarge and harbour infection. They can then produce nasal obstruction, discharge from the nose or mouth and can contribute to the onset of ear problems. Surgery is usually performed as a day case procedure and therefore the patient will go home on the same day. It is important that the patient should not have had a cold, sore throat or upper respiratory infection for ten days prior to the surgery. Should one of these problems have occurred, please phone Mr Robinson’s secretary for advice.

The surgery for removal of adenoids takes anything between 10 to 20 minutes. Very little pain is associated with this operation alone, although for the first 24 hours following the surgery, it is advisable to use a mild painkiller, e.g. Paracetamol or Calpol (for children) every 4-6 hours. The patient will need to be off work or school for ten days following the surgery.

During the first week to ten days following surgery there is a rare possibility of bleeding occurring from the adenoid bed due to secondary infection. If this should occur, please attend the nearest casualty department for urgent treatment.