gms | German Medical Science

83rd Annual Meeting of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

16.05. - 20.05.2012, Mainz

Microscopic, CO2-laser-assisted tonsillectomy and protracting palatal sutures – a safe and effective surgical procedure with low complication rate

Meeting Abstract

Search Medline for

  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Michael G. J. Schedler - Germanamerican Hospital Ramstein, Ramstein, Germany
  • Benjamin Ernst - Universitätsklinik, Frankfurt, Germany

German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. 83rd Annual Meeting of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Mainz, 16.-20.05.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. Doc12hno03

DOI: 10.3205/12hno03, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-12hno030

Published: July 23, 2012

© 2012 Schedler et al.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/deed.en). You are free: to Share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work, provided the original author and source are credited.


Outline

Text

Microscopic CO2-laser assisted tonsillectomy (TE) with protracting palatal sutures is a safe and effective surgical procedure, that seems to be unjustified neglected by medical community. The presented educational video shows as well the advantages of microscopic exposure of surgical field, as the benefits of CO2-laser TE (Lumenis).

In presented case, pulsation in the right tonsillar fossa, representing an abnormal deviation of internal carotid artery (ICC) through tonsilar bed, was noted under microscopic amplification. Since snoring and mild OSA had been the indication for TE/LAUP, we only performed left sided TE and LAUP, followed by bilateral protracting sutures, not affecting the blood vessel . Post op, snoring and airway problems resolved, and atypical course of ICC could be verified.

CO2-laser assisted TE/LAUP and protracting sutures complement one another perfectly and provide excellent results, without worsening post op complaints. Microscopic exposure is safer and blood loss typically less than 5 ml. In minors undergoing microscopic TE by CO2-Laser or Ultracision [Schedler 2007], it was typically under 1 ml [1]. Since intra operative loss of blood seems to be the main determinant for severe complications and fatal outcomes in TE, improved safety in these potentially dangerous procedures should not be underestimated.


References

1.
Schedler MGJ, Hoffmann A. Die mikroskopische Tonsillektomie mit CO2-Laser oder Ultracision – Zeitverschwendung oder Fortschritt? 78. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie e.V. München, 16.-20.05.2007. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2007. Doc07hnod189. Available from: http://www.egms.de/en/meetings/hnod2007/07hnod189.shtml External link