What should I expect after the operation?

Adenoidectomy can usually be performed as a day procedure. However, patients who have been experiencing obstructive sleep apnoea may require an overnight stay in hospital for observation.

It is a relatively painless procedure with children returning to normal activity within a couple of days

Patients may experience some of the following:

  • some  bloodstained or mucoid discharge from the nose which usually settles after a few days

  • an unpleasant smell that is noticeable after a few days and usually disappears after a week

  • nasal obstruction as a result of swelling - this may not clear immediately but usually improves after a few days following surgery 

How long before my child can return to school?

Children may return to school 2-3 days after the operation. 

Best to avoid swimming for 10 days

Can the adenoids grow back?

Yes this happens in about 5 -10% of patients and is more likely to happen in younger children

Red flag symptoms

Should your child develop a stiff  or painful neck or difficulty in swallowing then you will need to contact us without delay. This is an extremely rare complication where there is inflammation of the ligaments in front of the spine that causes neck muscle spasm. The treatment is admission for intravenous antibiotics and neck support.