"It is advisable to remove the vegetations if they suffer repeated infections, obstruct the back of the nostrils or make it difficult to ventilate the ears".


What is adenoidectomy?

Adenoidectomy is the surgical procedure indicated to remove the adenoids. The adenoids, also known as vegetations, are located just behind the nose, inside the face.

Adenoids function as part of the body's immune system, filtering out germs that try to invade the body and helping to develop antibodies against germs.

During the first few years of life they are key to a child's development, but as the years go by the immune system becomes more complete and less important.

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When are vegetations removed?

When the inflammation of the vegetations is very large, it can block the passage of air from the nasal cavity to the larynx, so an oral breathing (through the mouth) is performed as a compensation mechanism.

When this occurs, there may be complications, such as otitis, repeat infections of the upper respiratory tract, bronchitis, noisy breathing at night (snoring), etc. In these cases, an adenoid operation is indicated.

Most common symptoms:

  • Breathing with your mouth open (especially at night).
  • Nasal congestion, with permanent mucus in the nose.
  • Frequent ear infections.

Do you have any of these symptoms?

You may need to have an adenoidectomy

How are vegetations removed?

Adenoid surgery is a short hospital stay, so most of the time it requires one day of admission.

The surgical technique used to remove vegetations is performed through the mouth, almost always under general anesthesia.

The operation of vegetations is not usually painful and patients usually have congestion and abundant nasal mucus.

According to different studies, children whose tonsils or adenoids are removed do not suffer losses in resistance to infection, because other lymphatic tissues in the body supply the function of the removed ones.

Where do we do it?


The Department of Otolaryngology
of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the University of Navarra Clinic is a national and world reference in numerous highly specialized surgical procedures.

We have the latest technology and we perform all diagnostic tests in less than 48 hours in order to offer our patients the best solution in the shortest time possible.

We were one of the first centers in Spain to use robotic surgery in the surgical treatment with the Da Vinci® System. 

Organized in specialized units:

  • Otology - Hearing.
  • Rhinology - Nose.
  • Pharyngology - Throat.
  • Laryngology - Voice.
  • Balance disorders.
  • Head and neck problems.
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Why at the Clinica?

  • Experts in the treatment of hearing problems.
  • Pioneers in axillary surgery to avoid scarring.
  • National reference center in tissue sealing for tonsil removal.

Our team of professionals

Specialists in Otolaryngology with experience in performing adenoidectomies