Adenoids are two masses of tissue found in the back of the throat.  These are located higher in the throat and cannot be seen thru the mouth.  These masses sit at the end of the eustatian tubes, the back of the nose and above the soft palette. 

Enlargement of the adenoids may occur naturally (beginning when the baby grows in the womb), or it may be caused by long-term inflammation.  Dr. Price may recommend removal of the adenoids if your child has any of the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Intermittent sleep apnea
  • Mouth breathing (mostly at night)
  • Mouth open during day (more severe obstruction)
  • Persistent runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Restlessness while sleeping
  • Snoring

What to Expect After Surgery

Children usually recover quickly and have little pain or other symptoms after surgery. Children can usually go home within 1 to 2 hours after the surgery. Your child will probably be able to return to school or child care the next day.