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Adenoidectomy in Children: What Parents Need to Know

August 2, 2023
Adenoidectomy in Children What Parents Need to Know

Every parent wants to provide the best care for their child, especially when it comes to their health. Breathing freely and comfortably is essential for a child’s overall well-being, and sometimes medical intervention is necessary to ensure their respiratory health. Adenoidectomy, a surgical procedure aimed at removing the adenoid tissues, is one such intervention.

In this article, we will explore the significance of adenoids, when an adenoidectomy becomes necessary, the procedure itself, potential risks, postoperative recovery, and alternative options. If you are in Singapore and seeking the expertise of a trusted ENT Specialist, Dr Gan Eng Cern is here to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for your child’s respiratory needs.

Learn more: 5 Reasons To Bring Your Child To An ENT Specialist

What are adenoids?

Nestled in the back of the nasal cavity, behind the nose, are adenoids — soft tissues that play a crucial role in protecting your child from respiratory infections. Acting as a defence mechanism, adenoids help trap bacteria and viruses, preventing them from entering the airways and causing further illness. 

What is an adenoidectomy?

When adenoids become enlarged or infected, they can hinder proper airflow and contribute to a range of health issues in children. Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of these troublesome adenoid tissues. By undergoing this procedure, your child can experience improved breathing and find relief from symptoms associated with nasal obstruction and infection. 

Learn more: 5 Ways To Prevent Middle Ear Infections In Children, As Recommended By An ENT Specialist


When is an adenoidectomy necessary?

When is an adenoidectomy necessary-ent for children

Determining the need for an adenoidectomy requires the expertise of an experienced ENT Specialist

If your child experiences recurring or chronic conditions such as frequent middle ear infections, nasal congestion, snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea, or recurrent adenoid or sinus infections, it may be crucial to consider an adenoidectomy. 

Although the adenoids are part of your child’s immune system, they play a very small role and studies have shown that adenoidectomy does not weaken your child’s immune system. They are often removed together with the tonsils (if your child has chronic snoring with possible obstructive sleep apnoea). 

How is an adenoidectomy performed and what can I expect?

During an adenoidectomy, your child will be placed under general anaesthesia to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. The procedure typically takes around 20 to 30 minutes, and is done through your child’s nose and mouth with the aid of a nose scope and a coblator so there is no need to worry about visible scars. 

Talk to Dr Gan about any concerns you may have before the procedure for greater peace of mind knowing that your child’s well-being is the top priority throughout the entire process.

What are the risks involved with an adenoidectomy?

Like any surgical procedure, adenoidectomy carries potential risks. These risks may include mild pain, bleeding, infection, sore throat, reaction to anaesthesia, or changes in voice resonance.

However, Dr Gan’s meticulous approach to ENT for children significantly minimises these risks, ensuring the best possible outcome for your child.

What is the postoperative recovery after an adenoidectomy like?

Following the adenoidectomy, your child’s recovery is paramount. An ENT Specialist will provide detailed postoperative instructions tailored to your child’s specific needs. Initially, your child may experience mild discomfort, throat soreness, nasal congestion, blood-stained saliva and mild nose bleeding. However, these temporary symptoms typically subside within a few days. By adhering to the prescribed medications and ensuring proper rest and hydration, you can help facilitate a smooth recovery for your child.

What are the alternatives to adenoidectomy?

What are the alternatives to adenoidectomy-ent specialist singapore

While adenoidectomy is a common and effective procedure, there may be situations where alternative options are considered. Dr Gan takes a comprehensive approach when it comes to ENT for children and will thoroughly assess your child’s condition to explore suitable alternatives. These alternatives may include medication, allergy management, or a period of watchful waiting, depending on your child’s unique circumstances.

Adenoidectomy for Healthy Breathing

As a caring and proactive parent, being well-informed about adenoidectomy and its implications for your child’s respiratory health is essential. Dr Gan, an experienced ENT Specialist in Singapore, is dedicated to providing exceptional care for children requiring adenoidectomy.

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    • Persistent blocked nose with mouth breathing or snoring

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    Dr Gan Eng Cern is a distinguished ENT doctor with fellowship training. In addition to his clinical practice as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Singapore, Dr. Gan has contributed to the academic field as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is recognised for his extensive research work, with numerous contributions to reputable international ENT journals. Dr Gan is also highly sought after as a speaker and has shared his surgical knowledge as a surgical dissection teacher at various prominent ENT conferences and courses.


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    • 2012 – Human Manpower Development Award (Ministry of Health, Singapore)
    • 2007 – Singhealth Best Doctor Award


    • MBBS – Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
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