Benefits and Risks – Power-Assisted Adenoidectomy Ear Infections
The benefits of power-assisted adenoidectomy will vary according to your child’s age and condition. It’s important to get the answers you need from your pediatrician and ENT specialist or ear specialist.
Compared to other methods of removing the adenoids, a power-assisted adenoidectomy may reduce the likelihood that your child will have another ear infection.1 Additionally, some of the benefits of the procedure include:
Because the surgeon has more control and can see the anatomy better, the risks associated with power-assisted adenoidectomy are less than with other methods. Complications are rare and when they happen, they’re usually minor.
Bleeding is the most common complication, but it’s very rare. The surface area where the adenoids were located usually becomes mildly infected on the surface after surgery. This results in about one week of bad breath. Serious infections are rare.
April M, Ward R, Bent J. Power-Assisted Adenoidectomy in the Treatment of Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion. Poster Presentation at American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, May 4, 2003, Nashville, TN.
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