The adenoid is a clump of lymphoid tissue behind the nose, high on the back wall of the throat.  They can become enlarged blocking the nose causing nasal obstruction and snoring, and/or can become infected causing ear and sinus infections.

Adenoidectomy is an operation to remove the adenoid under a general anaesthetic. It is sometimes done at the same time as a tonsillectomy or grommet ear operation.

Pain relief
If you have had an adenoidectomy without tonsillectomy there is only mild to moderate throat discomfort for 2 to 7 days. You will be given a prescription for pain relief before you leave the hospital. You may need regular pain relief for the first 2 days. Do not take Aspirin or medications containing aspirin as this may increase the risk of bleeding after surgery.

Drinking and Eating
There are no restrictions, and you can eat and drink whatever is comfortable.

The breath is often smelly for 7 to 10 days.

Bleeding is very uncommon after this operation and is usually minor but you should notify the surgeon if any occurs.

The nose may run for 2 to 7 days afterwards.

If you have any concerns after your procedure, please contact the following:
  • Your Surgeon
  • Auckland ENT Group on 09 522 2226
  • Your Family Doctor / GP
  • After hours – 24 Hour Medical Centre or Emergency Department
  • In case of an emergency – dial 111 for an ambulance.

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