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Tonsils and adenoid removal- covered by medicaid?

Tonsils and adenoid removal- covered by medicaid?

Yes: However, the criteria for the procedure must be obtained. Tonsils are removed for sleep disordered breathing, several bouts of recurrent tonsillitis, dysphagia, failure to thrive, speech abnormalities. Sometimes specific insurance companies have specific criteria. There are multiple medicaid companies per state and each one may have different criteria. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Rickert
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Adenoids (Definition)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, ...Read more


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Tonsil and adenoid surgery as an adult necessary?

Tonsil and adenoid surgery as an adult necessary?

Depends: There are sme indications for this surgery in adults, such as obstructive sleep apnea, but in general, if they are not casing you symptoms, leave them alone. Having yur tonsils out does not reduce the number of sore throats you get. ...Read more

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Can tonsil and adenoid problems be heriditary?

Can tonsil and adenoid problems be heriditary?

Maybe: Etiology of big tonsils and adenoids not known. Probably agenetic component because siblings tend to have big tonsils and adenoids and runs in families.Children exposed to bad viruses such as RSV, that young children getscan cause a pretty bad upper respiratory infection— are more likely later on to have bigger tonsils and adenoids. ...Read more

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Will the tonsil and adenoid surgery be done if a child has a cold but no fever?

Uri: Whether or not to proceed with surgery will be the judgment of the anesthesiologist. Upper respiratory infections are very common in patients presenting for tonsil surgery. It is likely the the surgery will proceed if the patient does not have other systemic or pulmonary symptoms. ...Read more

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2.5 year old had his tonsil and adenoid removed yesterday due to sleep apnea. He still snores and gasps forair like before. Is this normal or will it get better?

2.5 year old had his tonsil and adenoid removed yesterday due to sleep apnea. He still snores and gasps forair like before. Is this normal or will it get better?

May get better: As he just had his surgery yesterday, there is continued swelling in his throat at this point that could lead to continued obstruction with sleep. It may get better. There also is a chance that the surgery would not solve the apnea. Only a time will tell... ...Read more

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Severe sleep apnea from brain forgetting to send signal to breath and enlarged tonsil and adenoid/over weight/ 1 year old any suggestions or options?

Severe sleep apnea from brain forgetting to send signal to breath and enlarged tonsil and adenoid/over weight/ 1 year old any suggestions or options?

Fix what U can: In a 1yo enlarged tonsils & adenoids can produce significant sleep apnea & removal may solve that component of the issue. Respiratory stimulants like caffeine are commonly used in neonatal sleep apnea but may or may not be helpful at one year. Fix what you can & work with your treatment team on alternatives. The people who know the case have a better chance to sort it out. ...Read more

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Could adenoid removal in an adult age 64 be of concern for cancer, or could it be due to severe allergies?

Could adenoid removal in an adult age 64 be of concern for cancer, or could it be due to severe allergies?

Adenoids: Not sure why they are removing adenoids in a 64 year old person, unless it is a surgery for snoring. Adenoids can be obstructive, cancer is very rare. ...Read more

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Are healthy but large adenoids in a 4 year old expected to shrink enough in 1 or 2 years to avoid tonsil-adenoidectomy to treat mild osa?

Possibly: At birth, your tonsils and adenoids (t&a) are small and your immune system is immature. Your t&a are immunological structures and make antibodies to pathogens, like bacteria and viruses; so as you grow, they grow and enlarge, doing their job. Our immune system is relatively mature at 5 to 7 years of age, when the t&a peak in size. They then usually shrink to become small again by preteen/teenager. ...Read more

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Should anything happen to your face after adenoid removal?

Should anything happen to your face after adenoid removal?

Face change: No change to outer face but occasionally it can change voice. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the risks of the adenoid removal surgery?

See below: The risks of adenoidectomy include pain, infection, bleeding, velopharyngeal insufficiency (which means inability to close the nose from the mouth when speaking or swallowing), regrowth of the adenoids. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel nose pain from adenoid removal?

Yes: Many people feel soreness in the back of their nose for a few days after adenoids ae removed. ...Read more

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Is tonsillectomy and adenoid removal very safe for a 4 yr old child?

Is tonsillectomy and adenoid removal very safe for a 4 yr old child?

Yes.: Adenotonsillectomy is a very safe, usually outpatient procedure in a child. The combined procedure is indicated when a child has obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, or chronic mouth breathing, swallowing difficulty and alteration of facial growth due to enlargement of the tonsils and adenoid. We take special precautions and watch children diagnosed with sleep apnea very closely. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about sinus infection in toddler after adenoid removal?

Not particularly: Toddlers main sinus vulnerabilities relate to smaller head size with smaller drainage portals and more frequent respiratory illnesses. Removal of adenoids can reduce frequency in some, but will not alter their main issues. ...Read more

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My child is day 9 post op for tonsillectomy and adenoid removal and she is still in a lot of pain and still has lots of phlegm....is this normal?

My child is day 9 post op for tonsillectomy and adenoid removal and she is still in a lot of pain and still has lots of phlegm....is this normal?

Mgt: I agree that a follow up appt is indicated. In the meantime, provide non acidic fluids and monitor her temperature. If there is a fever, please urgently call your physician. ...Read more

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Septoplasty, turbinate reduction, adenoid removal 3wk ago. Bumped yesterday, slight bleed & now nose is congested. Surgeon away. Could I have damage?

Septoplasty, turbinate reduction, adenoid removal 3wk ago. Bumped yesterday, slight bleed & now nose is congested. Surgeon away. Could I have damage?

Bumped Nose: Probably no harm. Usually good idea to take an antihistamine tablet. Be sure to see doctor immediately on his return to rule out hematoma of septum.
If your surgeon is away two weeks than should see an ENT doctor within 5 days to rule out possible hematoma of septum, as this must be drained. Do not see emergency room as they are not familiar with septal hematoma. Again, this is rare but important ...Read more

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Continued pain after adult tonsil and adenoidectomy?

Continued pain after adult tonsil and adenoidectomy?

How long after?: It takes at least 3 weeks to recover from adult tonsillectomy. Even then the muscles around the tonsil may feel tight for a while. Occasionally the stylohyoid tendon behind the tonsil area is irritated for months after a tonsillectomy. Rarely a surgery is done to remove the styloid process when this continues to be a large problem. This is called eagle's syndrome. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from an adenoids and tonsils removal operation?

How old?: Depending on how old the patient is and how 'tough' they are, the recovery can take anywhere from 5 days to 3 weeks. Kids always seem to bounce back faster than adults so long as they have adequate pain management. It's very important to make sure that the patient is getting a lot of hydration to avoid bleeding and help with pain. ...Read more

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Is it normal to lose taste buds after the removal of the tonsils and adenoids?

Taste and tonsils: Generally speaking taste is the domain of the taste buds located on the posterior section of the tongue. Removal of tonsils and adenoids should not affect taste directly. However occasionally post operatively the taste buds are affected with symptoms of decreased sense of taste. It should resolve over the matter of weeks. If persistent I would follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects for removal of adenoids and tonsils for 5 years old boy?

Not many: Generally they discourage tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy- it is usually a safe procedure for a 5 year old. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about any side effects for removal of adenoids and tonsils for 5 years old boy?

Ask your surgeon: There are definitely risks/side effects to discuss. Get those answers from any surgeon that is proposing surgery. ...Read more

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What is to be expected during the removal of a child's adenoids and tonsils along with placement of ear tubes?

What is to be expected during the removal of a child's adenoids and tonsils along with placement of ear tubes?

Improvement: You may be surprised to know that this is wrong in my opinion. There are better ways of treatment. Tonsils and adenoids are very important parts of the immune system. Removing them is too simplistic. I have found repeatedly that diet comes into the picture. Remove the "junk"! ...Read more

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Enlarged adenoids (adult) for 2 years. Chronic Post nasal drip and lump feeling in nasopharynx. Can adenoidectomy help (stop PND and "stuck" feeling)?

Enlarged adenoids (adult) for 2 years. Chronic Post nasal drip and lump feeling in nasopharynx. Can adenoidectomy help (stop PND and "stuck" feeling)?

Adenoids: Adults with enlarged adenoids usually have allergies, some have reflux. Adenoid can be source of increased nasopharyngeal drainage. See ENT or Allergist. May be able to shrink the adenoids with prednisone, better allergy management. Adenoidectomy in adults can have excessive bleeding. ...Read more