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Adenoid Removal

Alternate Names : Adenoidectomy, Removal of the Adenoid Glands

Adenoid Removal | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

After surgery, the person should rest for a few days. The throat may be sore. Over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen may be given to relieve the pain. Aspirin should be avoided because it can cause bleeding. Ice-cold fluids are given initially, and the diet is advanced as the person can tolerate. Hard, scratchy foods should be avoided until the throat is healed. An ice pack to go around the neck may also relieve discomfort.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

Infection and bleeding may occur after surgery. Blood-tinged saliva is normal for a day or two. However, if bleeding begins, it should be reported to the surgeon immediately. The healthcare provider should also be contacted for any signs of infection, such as fever or increased pain.

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Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 05/01/01

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