Your child may be having surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids. If required, the tonsils and adenoids can be removed during the same surgery. The two procedures are described below.
Tonsillectomy is surgery to remove the tonsils. The tonsils are two small masses of tissue that help the body fight disease. They are located in the back of the throat, behind and above the tongue. The tonsils are easily seen. Tonsillectomy may be performed if enlarged tonsils make it hard to breathe, or if the tonsils are often infected.
Adenoidectomy is surgery to remove the adenoids. The word “adenoids” refers to a single mass of tissue that helps the body fight disease. This mass is located behind the nose and upper throat, near the passage to the middle ear (eustachian tube). It is hidden from view by the soft palate. Adenoidectomy may be needed if enlarged adenoid tissue obstructs breathing. It may also be done if infected adenoid tissue is causing ear infections.
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