Current practice patterns in tonsillectomy and perioperative care

Priya Krishna, Martin J. LaPage, Larry F. Hughes, Sandra Y. Lin

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Objectives: Tonsillectomy is one of the most commonly performed otolaryngologic procedures in the United States. Many options and controversies exist regarding techniques and peri-operative management. The purpose of the study was to examine current practice patterns among otolaryngologists regarding tonsillectomy. Methods: A 13 question survey regarding tonsillectomy techniques and peri-operative management was mailed to 10% of randomly selected board certified otolaryngologists of the AAO-HNS in the spring of 2002. Four hundred and eighteen anonymously completed questionnaires were returned, for a response rate of 58.5%. Statistical analysis of survey data was performed by means of cross tabulation and Pearson Chi-Square Calculation. Results: Monopolar electrocautery was the most common technique used among those surveyed (53.5%). There was a significant correlation between choice of monopolar electrocautery and the cited reason for choice of technique being decreased blood loss (P<0.001). There was no relationship between pediatric fellowship training and choice of technique. 97.7% routinely admitted sleep apnea patients for post-operative observation. There was no significant correlation between practice setting (tertiary versus community) and type of post-operative monitoring for sleep apnea patients, with patients most commonly admitted to an intermediate care setting. Conclusion: In our survey, the most common surgical technique for tonsillectomy was monopolar electrocautery, chosen for the reason of decreased blood loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-784
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • Otolaryngologists
  • Tonsillectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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