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Adenoidectomy: Discharge instructions

What is an adenoidectomy?

An adenoidectomy (add-noid-ek-toh-mee) is surgery to remove the adenoids.

What can I expect after surgery?

Adenoidectomy causes some mild discomfort for a few days, such as:

  • sore neck
  • earache
  • stuffy nose
  • slight fever

Snoring may continue for 2 or 3 weeks due to swelling. Bad breath is common.

How should I care for my child?

To prevent bleeding, avoid nose-blowing and spitting. Wipe the nose gently if needed.

When sneezing, encourage your child to open the mouth and make a sound, to prevent pressure buildup.

What can my child eat?

Your child may prefer clear liquids or a soft diet at first, but should be able to go back to a regular diet within a few days. Liquids are more important than foods.

How active can my child be?

Healing can take several days. Encourage quiet play or non-strenuous activity initially. Your child should be able to return to normal activity within a week.

What else do I need to know?

See your Patient Discharge Summary sheet for specific instructions about pain medicines and when to see the surgeon again.

When should I call the surgeon?

  • refusing to drink
  • pain that is not relieved with the medicine that has been recommended
  • not urinating at least every 8 hours
  • continued upset stomach or vomiting
  • temperature higher than 102° F (38.8° C)
  • and not responding to Tylenol and cool compresses

Call the doctor right away if:

  • spitting up blood clots
  • sudden nosebleeds
  • vomiting bright red blood


This sheet is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call your surgeon.

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