Adenoid removal


Adenoid removal, also called an adenoidectomy, is a short procedure to remove your child's swollen or inflamed adenoids

Enquiries & Appointments

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About adenoid removal

Adenoids are part of the immune system in children. They begin to shrink around the age of seven and usually disappear by adulthood. Adenoids can become inflamed due to frequent infections or allergies. They can cause uncomfortable symptoms for your child, such as breathing problems or ear infections.

Need to know

An adenoidectomy is a common procedure performed by our paediatric ear, nose and throat surgeons. It’s done under general anaesthetic, meaning your child will be asleep during the operation. The adenoids will be removed through your child’s mouth using specialised instruments. The entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes. Your child should be able to return home the same day.

Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have.

In the week before surgery, it’s important that your child stays healthy. Let your consultant know if your child has recently had a cold or a sore throat, as surgery may need to be postponed to reduce the risk of complications.

Because general anaesthetic is used during the procedure, your child may need to fast for several hours before the operation. Your consultant will tell you how long they should avoid eating and drinking. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects. Your consultant will explain these to you.

Your child should be able to return home on the same day as the surgery, although in some cases they may be cared for in hospital overnight. Your child will need to spend up to two weeks away from school or nursery. Your consultant will tell you when your child can return to their normal routine, including sports.

The Cost Of a Private Adenoid Removal

Hospital stay and procedure

Prices from


subject to the specifics of your treatment as recommended by your consultant.

Indicative consultant fee from


Expected length of stay

1 day/night


Before admission

  • Pre-assessment

During your hospital stay

  • Accommodation in a standard room as quoted above.
  • Routine admission tests
  • Patient meals are included but not transferable.
  • Nursing care and facilities
  • Theatre fees, drugs and dressings
  • Removal of stitches, dressing and plaster as required.
  • Take home medication 


  • Any additional nights in hospital not described in the above.
  • Specialist nursing above and beyond required level of care.
  • Any post-operative treatments/consultations which may be required.
  • Any additional or more complex procedures not included in our initial agreement.
  • Any readmission due to complications will result in additional charges in line with our standard prices.
  • Personal costs including visitors’ meals and drinks as well as newspapers.
  • Any costs not specified as included.

Adenoid removal Consultants

Professor Paul O'Flynn

Professor Paul O'Flynn

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (ENT/Otolaryngology)

Mr Jean-Pierre Jeannon

Mr Jean-Pierre Jeannon

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (ENT/Otolaryngology)

Mr Hassan Elhassan

Mr Hassan Elhassan

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (ENT/Otolaryngology)

Mr Raghav Dwivedi

Mr Raghav Dwivedi

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (ENT/Otolaryngology)

Our locations

The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.