What is Adenoidectomy & Turbinectomy surgery?

The adenoids enlarge naturally in children at around the age of 3 and usually shrink away again by the age of 7. The enlargement happens because children are exposed to a lot of new infections at this age and have many colds. Adenoids may need to be removed due to glue ear and other recurring infections.
A turbinectomy involves the cauterising of the inferior turbinates on the sidewall of the nose.

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Adenoidectomy & Turbinectomy - who is it for?

Who Is Adenoidectomy & Turbinectomy For?

Adenoidectomy & Turbinectomy Surgery is usually recommended for those who have a very blocked nose or disturbed sleep. It can help reducing the risk of fluid collecting in the middle ear (also known as glue ear). 

It could also work for individuals who have enlarged turbinates (or nasal concha) since these can sometimes permanently enlarge the inside of their nose and cause blockages.

What are the benefits?

Both the turbinectomy and the adenoidectomy help with relief from a blocked nose.

The individual should get relief from a blocked or runny nose, and may experience a better quality of sleep.

This surgery may also improve the quality of the patient’s voice.

What happens During Surgery?

An adenoidectomy is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 20 minutes.

The surgeon will remove the adenoids through the patient’s mouth, and place a pack in the back of the nose to stop the bleeding.

For turbinectomy surgery, a local anaesthetic may be used instead of a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes 15 to 30 minutes.

Reducing the size of the turbinates usually involves one of the following techniques. 

  • Diathermy – Passing an electric current through a needle placed either on the surface of the turbinate or inside the tissue. 
  • Trimming – Cutting away the lower or outer part of the turbinate. This may also involve removing some of the turbinate bone and rolling some of the remaining tissue over the raw area.

Your surgeon may place some packing in your nose to prevent bleeding.

The operation is performed through your nostrils and does not result in any facial scars or black eyes.

How long will I stay in hospital?

You may be able to go home the same day after or the day after surgery. 

If non-dissolvable packing was placed in your nose during the procedure, you will need to stay overnight and the packing will be removed the next morning

What is my recovery time?

You will need to stay off work and away from groups of people for 2 weeks. This is to avoid catching a cold, which could result in an infection.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Most people make a full recovery and can return to normal activities.

SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months

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