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Adenoidectomy Surgical Instructions (cont.)

General Instructions and Follow-Up Care

An appointment for a checkup should be made 10 to 14 days after the procedure. Call the office to schedule this appointment.

It is not unusual for children to have nasal stuffiness following surgery. The nasal stuffiness may last for several months as swelling decreases. Saline nose drops (Ocean Spray) can be used to help dissolve any clots and decrease edema. You may notice persistent or even louder snoring for several weeks. A temporary change in voice is common following surgery, and will usually return to normal after several months. Your child, of course, will sound less "nasal" following surgery.

Bleeding is rare following an adenoidectomy. They may have some very light nasal bleeding, if it is minor, pediatric Neosynephrin nose drops can be used. If it is persistent and bright red in color, call your doctor. On occasion, blood at the corner of the eye may be noticed.

Most patients require at least 7-10 days off from work or school. After 3 weeks, exercise and swimming can usually be resumed, but no diving for two months. You should plan to stay in town for 3 weeks to allow for postoperative care and in case you have bleeding.

Notify Your Doctor If Your Child Has:

  • A sudden increase in the amount of bleeding from the nose unrelieved by pressure, ice, and head elevation.
  • A fever greater than 101.5 degrees F which is persistent despite increasing the amount of fluid they drink, cool baths, and acetaminophen/Tylenol. A child with a fever should try to drink approximately one-half cup of fluid each waking hour.
  • Persistent sharp pain or headache which is not relieved by the pain medication they were prescribed.
  • Increased swelling or redness of the nose or eyes.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

REFERENCES:

"Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in children: Indications and contraindications"
uptodate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/28/2014

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