Avoiding oral burns during electrocautery tonsillectomy

Lowry, Thomas R.; Workman, Jonathon R.
February 2009
ENT: Ear, Nose & Throat Journal;Feb2009, Vol. 88 Issue 2, p790
Academic Journal
Electrocautery tonsillectomy is a common method of tonsil removal, and electrocautery devices are widely available. Although these devices are relatively safe, inadvertent patient injury may occur with their use, such as oral cavity burns. We describe a simple surgical technique that reduces the risk of oral burns during electrocautery tonsillectomy and review additional safety considerations.


Related Articles

  • How To Reduce Diathermy In Tonsillectomy - Vessel Dissection Tonsillectomy (VDT): Description Of Technique And Analysis Of Result. Barr, Gerald D. // Internet Journal of Ophthalmology & Visual Science;2006, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p47 

    As the use of electrodissection in tonsillectomy increases, uncertainty remains concerning any association with postoperative hemorrhage. However, there is some evidence to suggest that the more diathermy is used the risk of postoperative hemorrhage increases. The technique of Vessel Dissection...

  • Randomized study comparing postoperative pain between coblation and bipolar scissor tonsillectomy. Hasan, Hanna; Raitiola, Hannu; Chrapek, Wojciech; Pukander, Juhani // European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology;Jul2008, Vol. 265 Issue 7, p817 

    Coblation tonsillectomy has shown promising results with respect to postoperative pain when compared with other techniques. Our study was designed to compare this technique with bipolar scissor tonsillectomy. Forty adult patients with a history of chronic or recurrent tonsillitis referred for...

  • Effects Of Tonsillectomy On Acoustic Parameters. Tolga, Kandogan; Burcu, Cetiner; Taskin, Tokat; Ziya, Ozuer Mehmet // Internet Journal of Ophthalmology & Visual Science;2006, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p1 

    The vocal tractus from the glottis to the lips is considered to be a resonator and any change in its shape may cause voice changes. Since tonsillectomy causes a shape and volume difference in supraglottic area, it is assumed that acoustic characteristics may change postoperatively. In this...

  • Ambulatory Adenotonsillectory in Children Less Than 5 Years of Age. MacCallum, Patricia L.; MacRae, Duncan L.; Sukerman, Sydney; MacRae, Emerson // Journal of Otolaryngology;Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p75 

    Studies the effectiveness and safety of performing ambulatory adenotonsillectomy in children less that five years of age. Average duration of the procedure; Average time spent in the postanesthesia recovery and day surgical units; Incidence of postoperative vomiting; Factors that would improve...

  • Factors associated with post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage. Collison, Patrick J.; Mettler, Bret // ENT: Ear, Nose & Throat Journal;Aug2000, Vol. 79 Issue 8, p640 

    Presents information on a study which examined charts of consecutive tonsillectomy patients who had been operated on by one of two general otolaryngologists. Effectiveness of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy as a surgical procedure; Materials and methods used in the study; Results and discussion.

  • The surgical procedure of syringomyelie with Chiari I in adults regarding the intrapial aspiration of cerebellar tonsils: does this procedure improve symptoms with less complication? Mustapha, Ait Bachir; Benbouzid, T. // Romanian Neurosurgery;Mar2019, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p37 

    Introduction. Cranio-vertebral decompression remains the common denominator for the treatment of syringomyelia associated with Chiari I. On the other hand, the details of the procedure, remains controversial. The success of the surgery is to restore the circulation of cerebro-spinal fluid at the...

  • TONSILS TO GO.  // Time International (South Pacific Edition);12/29/2003, Issue 51, p127 

    This article states that tonsillectomies are not quite so routine these days, but they are still performed more than 400,000 times a year in the U.S. And they still hurt, though the standard surgical technique, electrocautery, is a big improvement over the scalpel. But a new study argues for an...

  • Familial Clustering of Tonsillectomies and Adenoidectomies. Katznelson, D.; Gross, S. // Clinical Pediatrics;Apr1980, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p276 

    Eighty-one children undergoing tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies (T and A) were compared with a control group of 88 hospital patients. A significantly higher incidence of prior T and A was found to have been performed on the siblings and parents of the T and A group than the controls....

  • Long-term results and complications following uvulopalatopharyngoplasty in 116 consecutive patients. Röösli, Christof; Schneider, Stephan; Häusler, Rudolf // European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology;Aug2006, Vol. 263 Issue 8, p754 

    A modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) was carried out between January 1992 and December 2003 at the ENT Department of the Inselspital in Bern in 146 patients with habitual or complicated rhonchopathy. The operation consisted of a classical tonsillectomy or residual tonsil resection and...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics