Codeine has been one of the most commonly prescribed analgesics for children after tonsillectomies
and adenoidectomies because it was considered safe.
Despite the sheer number of pediatric tonsillectomies
performed in the United States annually, there is no clear consensus as to which surgical technique is superior.
A similar trend is evident in the UK, with only a quarter the number of tonsillectomies
performed in the modern era compared with the early 20th century.
Tonsillectomy has been a common operation in otolaryngology, with over 1 million tonsillectomies
being performed annually in the UK in the 1960's and 70's.
, although less frequent, can be done under general or local anaesthesia.
were carried out by dissection method under general anaesthesia using propofol for induction and halothane for maintenance.
Nowadays, where stronger antibiotics are prescribed to treat infection, the frequency of tonsillectomies
performed is more geared toward the removal of enlarged tonsils associated with sleep-breathing problems rather than infected tonsils (Parker & Walner, 2011).
Approximately 583,000 outpatient tonsillectomies
were performed in the United States 2006.
Of the 207 cases in the review, 150 related to tonsillectomies
, while there were 57 adeno-tonsillectomies
Andrew McCombe, from ENT UK, highlighted a rise in diseases and conditions that tonsillectomies
can prevent or cure, such as infections, and even cancer of the tonsils.
Tonsillectomy is the second-most common surgical procedure in children, with more than 500,000 tonsillectomies
performed annually in the United States.
Although countless tonsillectomies
are carried out successfully every year, you must remember that a tonsillectomy is not an operation to be taken lightly.