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Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoids. They may be removed for several reasons, including impaired breathing through the nose and chronic infections or earaches. The surgery is common. It is most often done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Post-operative pain is generally minimal and prevented with an abundance of icy or cold foods (ex. Popsicles). Dairy foods such as ice cream should be avoided, as they coat the back of the throat, encouraging the body to produce phlegm, which can interfere with healing. Procedure can sometimes be combined with a tonsillectomy if needed. Recovery time can range from several hours to 2 or 3 days.
Adenoidectomy is often performed on children between the ages of 1-6 years as adenoids provide aid to the body's immune system. The adenoids will become vestigial organs once the person matures into an adult.
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