Pediatric ENT Treatment & Procedures

Adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the adenoids. Adenoids are a mass of lymphoid tissue located behind the nasal passages. They typically regress at the age of 7 or 8 but sometimes persist into adulthood. They can be a source of recurrent infection, post nasal drip, nasal obstruction, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Also see tonsillectomy.

Tongue tie or Ankyloglossia is a condition where the midline frenulum fails to recede and thin thereby, in most cases, leaving the tongue with mobility problems. It can affect a child’s feeding, growth and speech development.

In infants, tongue tie release or frenuloplasty can be done in the office quickly. In younger children, a general anesthetic may be required and in older children and adults, it can be done safely under local anesthetic.

Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in the pediatric population is commonly due to nasal congestion, allergic or non-allergic rhinitis large adenoids and/or tonsils.

Management typically involves first line medical therapy and allergy testing. If there continues to be symptoms, then typically the adenoids and/or tonsils are surgically removed.  This is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on your child’s age and symptoms, some patients may need to be observed overnight in hospital.