Adenoids are located in the back of the nose, and when they become enlarged, they are a common cause of persistent sinusitis in children. Surgical removal of the adenoids –an adenoidectomy – is often a very effective treatment for chronic sinusitis in children. Your child may need an adenoidectomy if he or she:
- Has frequent sinus infections
- Is a “mouth breather”
- Has difficulty breathing through the nose
- Snores loudly
Your physician will be able to help make this diagnosis based on your child’s symptoms, a physical examination, and X-rays.
When indicated, sinus surgery is often performed in conjunction with removal of the adenoids. The goal of sinus surgery is to widen the natural drainage pathways of the sinuses to improve ventilation, therefore reducing symptoms and infections. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Depending upon the severity of the disease, surgery may include washing out the sinuses, balloon sinuplasty, or extensive removal of tissue. Your physician will discuss the best course of treatment with you and your child.
Nasal and sinus problems can negatively affect your child’s quality of life in many ways and can be very frustrating. Here at the Raleigh Capitol Sinus and Allergy Center, our staff and physicians will provide your child with the highest quality of care in a kid-friendly manner to help your child feel better and keep your family healthy!
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