The adenoids are lymphoid tissues that are similar to the tonsils but sit in the back of the nose.


The following are indications for an Adenoidectomy:

Note: there are many causes for the above conditions. Not all of them will respond to an adenoidectomy. Dr Levin will be able to discuss whether you or your child is a good candidate for an adenoidectomy.

Before the Surgery

Reading Materials

Please read this page and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ information sheet (“Surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids”) so you understand the procedure, the benefits and risks associated with this procedure and the expected outcomes of surgery. The information sheet will be given to you when booking your operation.


As you will be fasting prior to surgery, drink plenty of fluids and have a good meal before your fast begins.

After the Surgery

Drip (intravenous cannula)

You will wake up with a drip in one of your hands. The needle of the drip has been removed and what is left is simply a plastic tube to deliver further fluids or medications through this route - you can still move and use that hand gently.

It will be removed by nursing staff before you are discharged from the hospital.


There are no specific dietary restrictions following this surgery. Once the anaesthetic has worn off, your child can have their favourite foods and drinks, as tolerated.

Pain Relief

An adenoidectomy is not usually a painful procedure. Panadol or Nurofen can be given as needed.

Expected Recovery

The recovery from an adenoidectomy is usually very good and patients go home the same day. You can resume normal activities once the anaesthetic has worn off – a minimum of 24 hours is recommended.

You should take 2 weeks off sport as there is a very small risk of bleeding following an adenoidectomy. Please do not make any travel plans during the first 3 weeks after adenoidectomy.

Avoid nose blowing for 2 weeks after an adenoidectomy. Bad breath is common after an adenoidectomy - this improves after about 2 weeks.

Follow Up

I will inform you when you need to see me following the procedure – please contact my rooms to schedule this appointment.

Related Information

Blocked nose
Snoring and sleep apnoea
Runny nose
Ear infections