Adenoid removal, Tonsillitis and Uvulectomy

Surgical Solutions for Snoring, Sleep Apnea, and Recurrent Infections

Did you know that enlarged adenoids and tonsils…

  • Are a major cause of snoring in children?
  • Can contribute to sleep apnea in both adults and children?
  • Are common in children?
  • Can contribute to ear infections and even hearing problems?
  • Can be removed in a short procedure that doesn’t require an overnight stay?

Otolaryngologist Dr. Marc Kayem regularly performs adenoidectomies and tonsillectomies for both children and adults, offering relief from snoring, sleep apnea, and recurrent pain.

Sleeping Child

When is an adenoidectomy or tonsillectomy necessary?

Though adenoids are glands that protect the body from infection, they can become infected themselves. When the issue becomes recurrent or chronic, it can cause snoring, sleep apnea, sore throat, ear issues, and difficulty breathing through the nose. Enlarged adenoids mostly affect children. Dr. Kayem typically performs the 15-minute procedure in a hospital, and patients go home the same day.

Swollen and enlarged tonsils can impair breathing and cause pain for both children and adults. Tonsil removal surgery is typically recommended for severe, recurrent issues and /or chronic tonsillitis. Like an adenoidectomy, a tonsillectomy is a brief procedure that doesn’t require an overnight stay. The two procedures are often performed together in children under 13 who have both enlarged adenoids and tonsils.

Dr. Kayem has performed thousands of successful adenoidectomies and tonsillectomies. In fact, none of his patients have ever experienced postoperative bleeding, which according to textbooks and journals, typically occurs in 3-4% of surgeries.

What about laser tonsillectomy?

Though it sounds cutting-edge, a laser tonsillectomy is no better than a traditional tonsillectomy. In fact, one study reported that there were many disadvantages, including “increased cost, increased total operating time as a result of increased setup time and laser malfunctions, delayed healing, and no statistically significant improvement in level of pain.” For these reason, Dr. Kayem does not perform laser tonsillectomies.

Can a uvulectomy cure my snoring?

Sometimes, an adult’s uvula can obstruct the airway, leading to snoring and sleep apnea. This occurs when the uvula, the small piece of soft tissue that hangs down at the back of the throat, is too long or relaxed, causing it to impinge on the airway during sleep. If Dr. Kayem determines that a uvulectomy, which is the surgical removal of the uvula, is the best solution for your snoring, he can perform the simple procedure during an office visit. This quick and effective solution can help alleviate snoring and improve sleep quality for those affected by this condition.

Do you or your child need a surgical solution?