Tonsillectomy Using Electrocautery

Contributors: Conor Smith (Arkansas Children’s Hospital)  and Gresham Richter M.d. (Arkansas Children’s Hospital)

The removal of tonsils is most often indicated by tonsillar hypertrophy contributing to obstructive sleep apnea or chronic/recurring throat infections from pathogens such as streptococcal bacteria. Electrocautery is the most commonly used technique to safely and effectively excavate the tonsils.


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