How is an adenoidectomy performed?

An adenoidectomy is a straightforward, relatively short procedure usually done on an outpatient basis by an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon. Your child will be placed under general anesthesia for the procedure.

During surgery, the doctor will widely open your child’s mouth with a retractor while the child is asleep, and then remove the adenoids using one of several techniques. The doctor may use an electrical device to help stop the bleeding.

Your child will then be taken to a recovery room until he or she awakens from the anesthesia. Most children will be able to return home on the day of their surgery.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/06/2019.


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Tonsils and Adenoids. Accessed 6/20/2019.
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine/MedlinePlus. Adenoids. Accessed 6/20/2019.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Treating Middle Ear Fluid. Accessed 6/20/2019.

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