Atlanta Adenoidectomy Surgery

Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoid tissue behind the nose. Along with the tonsils, enlarged adenoids can be a major contributor to airway obstruction leading to snoring and sleep apnea. Removing the adenoids can also provide relief for patients with chronically inflamed adenoids (adenoiditis), nasal congestion and ear pain.


How does an adenoidectomy work?

Depending on a patient’s condition, Atlanta Snoring Institute’s physicians may be able to remove adenoid tissue using radio frequency (RF) or Harmonic technology, rather than a conventional scalpel or electrocautery. Adenoidectomy surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center or hospital. It involves the surgeon carefully removing the adenoids from behind the nose. Sometimes, it is performed in conjunction with tonsil removal in a procedure called adenotonsillectomy.


What is a radio frequency (or Harmonic) adenoidectomy?

An adenoidectomy performed using RF or Harmonic technology is a gentler way to remove the adenoids. This innovative surgery results in less pain and faster recovery for patients. The technology removes, or ablates, adenoid tissue with little harm to surrounding healthy tissue. Radio frequency and Harmonic technology is not a heat-driven process, therefore it does not burn healthy tissue like conventional electrosurgery and laser surgery. It combines bipolar radio frequency energy, or Harmonic vibrational energy, to gently and precisely remove tissue leading to a fast and easier recovery. Radio frequency technology and Harmonic technology have been used in more than 4 million surgeries, including more than 500,000 ear, nose and throat surgeries.

What are the advantages of a radio frequency (or Harmonic) adenoidectomy?

  • Patients report a better overall experience with a radio frequency adenoidectomy after surgery, when compared to traditional surgery.
  • Calls and visits to the doctor due to problems after surgery are significantly reduced with radio frequency or Harmonic adenoidectomy.
  • On average, patients return to a normal diet in 2-4 days after the procedure, versus 7-6 days after an electrocautery adenoidectomy procedure.
  • Less post-operative pain and use of pain medications after the procedure.
  • Procedure opens up the nasal passages to increase airflow and prevent obstruction.


What results can I expect from a radio frequency (or Harmonic) adenoidectomy?

While many patients notice significant improvements in snoring and sleep apnea symptoms within several weeks of having adenoidectomy or adenotonsillectomy surgery, the full benefit will usually be realized over the course of several months.


If your adenoids are a problem contributing to snoring, sleep apnea, or just your general overall health, take the first step towards a better night’s sleep and a healthier lifestyle. Make an appointment at Atlanta Snoring Institute for an evaluation today.

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