Alternatives to the Traditional Tonsillectomy

by admin on September 7, 2017

Rande Lazar, MD, has served as the director of pediatric otolaryngology fellowship training at Otolaryngology Consultants of Memphis at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center since 1989. Recently, Rande Lazar, MD, spoke at the 116th Annual American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Meeting about possible alternatives to the traditional tonsillectomy. A tonsillectomy is a procedure in which the performing surgeon removes the patient’s tonsils through the mouth. In some cases, the adenoids are also removed during the surgery. The procedure involves no serious incisions, though patients are still administered a combination of gases and intravenous medications prior to the surgery; children are kept sedated with general anesthesia, while a local anesthetic to numb the throat may be all that is necessary for older patients. The most common cause of tonsillectomy is recurrent tonsillitis. The condition, most frequently occurring in childhood, results in sore and swollen throat tissue. Recent studies have indicated that adults who suffer from a persistent sore throat may also benefit from the procedure. Following a tonsillectomy, patients should expect a sore throat for several days.

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