The adenoids are small nodes, or glands, comprised of lymphatic tissue. They are located behind the nasal cavity on the roof of the mouth. Although adenoids often shrink or disappear by adulthood, they can also present a serious problem if they become swollen. Enlarged adenoids can block airways, and cause chronic sore throat or ear infection. When there is no alternative, adenoidectomy is required. Our Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT) Dr. Camysha Wright can determine whether adenoidectomy is needed during consultation and examination of the ear, nose, and throat.
An adenoidectomy is a relatively simple procedure. The doctor will insert a tiny camera through the patient’s nostrils to view the adenoids. The patient is placed under general anesthesia and a gag is placed in the mouth to keep it open. The doctor will then insert a catheter through the patient’s nose, and the adenoids will be removed via cauterization. This method utilizes high temperature and electricity to liquefy and suction out the adenoids. When the adenoids have been removed, the instruments will be carefully taken out and the anesthetic will wear off within a few hours. The patient remains in a recovery area for a few hours or more to monitor any possible complications, but is usually allowed to go home on the same day of the procedure. Postoperative symptoms that require attention include bleeding, throat pain, fever, and difficulty swallowing.
Dr. Wright graduated with honors from the Howard University College of Medicine. She has a Master of Public Health Degree, is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (FAAOA). She is also a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. If you think you might need an adenoidectomy in Plantation FL, call 954-368-8519 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright.