Tonsillectomy New Vistas

Balasubramanian, Thiagarajan Tonsillectomy New Vistas. ENT Scholar.


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History of tonsillectomy dates back to nearly 2000 years. It was Celsius who first described the procedure in the first century A.D. The potentials for complications after this surgical procedure are still very high despite the advancements in technology. There is still no consensus between the otolaryngologists regarding the safest operating technique which is not attended by any of the classic post operative complications described after tonsillectomy. None of the evaluated procedures has clearly shown that post operative pain could be minimized. The cause for post operative pain following tonsillectomy is due to disruption with exposure of underlying nerve endings (glossopharyngeal and vagus), and pharyngeal constrictor muscle fibres. Postoperatively exposed to external elements the exposed muscle fibres undergo spasm causing pain while swallowing. Any newer surgical technique should address this aspect of inflammation involving the pharyngeal constrictor muscles.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tonsillectomy, harmonic scalpel, micro debrider, coblation tonsillectomy
Subjects: R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Prof Balasubramanian Thiagarajan
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 16:12
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2014 16:12

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