Researchers have discovered a way to cut tonsil surgery recovery times in half.
Shrinking tonsils — or surgically reducing their size – results in far less pain and bleeding than a full tonsillectomy, a new study has found.
The 10-year study by researchers at Flinders University looked at 608 children who underwent tonsil surgery between 2008 and 2018.
Children who had their tonsils reduced with a small portion left intact returned to normal activities after an average of 4.6 days compared to 11.1 days after a full tonsillectomy.
By removing 90-95 per cent of the tonsil and leaving a small crescent-moon of tissue intact, the researchers found it leads to much less pain, allowing children to go back to childcare or school much earlier.
The study found that they were also three times less likely to have any form of bleeding and eight times less likely to have a serious bleed requiring readmission to hospital.
The lead researcher, Professor Simon Carney, has introduced the procedure at an ENT (ear, nose and throat) practice in South Australia.
“It takes longer than a full tonsillectomy but our data have shown the benefits are just so great, we believe parents need to be aware of this option,” Professor Carney said.
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