An adenoidectomy may be recommended for patients with enlarged adenoids.
Like the tonsils, the adenoids are masses of lymph tissue in the back of the throat that help the body fight invading bacteria and viruses. Also like the tonsils, the adenoids are prone to infection and enlargement. This can lead to sore throat, ear infections, stuffy nose, and breathing and swallowing problems. If antibiotics or steroids fail to resolve the problem, the adenoids may be removed in a procedure called adenoidectomy.
A tympanoplasty may be recommended for chronic ear infections and/or symptoms of hearing loss.
Myringotomy with the insertion of ear tubes is an optional treatment for inflammation of the middle ear. During a myringotomy, an incision is made into the ear drum, or tympanic membrane. The fluid in the ear canal is suctioned out, and a small tube is put in place to allow future drainage in the event of an infection.