Like the tonsils, adenoids form part of the body’s immune system—but one that can end up being more problematic than not for some people. Massed at the back of the nasal cavity, this lump of lymphatic tissue is supposed to help block bacteria and viruses from traveling further into the system after they enter the nose. Adenoids are present in young children, particularly under the age of 5. As a child grows towards adolescence, however, the adenoids shrink down.
What Are the Side Effects of an Adenoidectomy?
Adenoid surgery is generally safe, but side effects may include:
- Trouble swallowing
- Sore throat
- Pain in the area, including the ears
- Foul breath
- Bleeding. Any bleeding after surgery should be treated as an emergency and requires immediate attention.