Alternative Therapies to Adenotonsillectomy

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Alternative Therapies to Adenotonsillectomy

Adenotonsillectomy is a commonly performed surgical procedure to treat obstructive sleep apnea in children. It’s typically performed under general anesthesia at a hospital and several techniques such as curette cutting, diathermy and coblation are utilized to remove the tonsils and adenoids.

An ENT surgeon will open your child’s mouth and access the adenoids. He or she then uses a tool to scrape away these growths, then sometimes burns them with diathermy – emitting heat waves to destroy them while sealing blood vessels to control any bleeding. Diathermy is often employed when performing adenotonsillectomy on children as it’s less painful with less risk of bleeding than other surgeries.

Surgery may be indicated when antibiotics fail to relieve your child’s recurrent adenotonsillitis. Dr Morrissey will determine which procedure is most suitable for your child based on their age and what’s causing their issue.

Traditional Tonsillectomy: When your child experiences frequent infections or their tonsils are causing sleep apnoea, then this procedure may be performed under general anaesthesia and your child will need to stay in the hospital overnight.

It is essential that your child does not take antibiotics prior or after surgery. Doing so could increase their risk of infection, so if you think they aren’t following instructions correctly, contact the practice right away.

Alternative therapies such as diet and hydration are proven to aid recovery from surgery. Diet is essential in this process – patients are encouraged to drink plenty of water and fruit juice while avoiding heavy meals like meat or cheese. Ice blocks may also be helpful for hydration.

Exercising is another essential aspect of recovery from adenotonsillectomy. Light, easily digestible foods and regular exercise are recommended as part of the plan for success. If you would like more information about any potential alternatives to adenotonsillectomy, please reach out to our Practice for further discussion and advice.

Yoga and physiotherapy are effective forms of therapy to alleviate symptoms associated with adenotonsillectomy. Yoga helps promote relaxation, breathing control, and muscle control while physiotherapy may include massage or soft tissue manipulation.

These techniques can also aid in the healing of any scars left from surgery. Physiotherapy is especially helpful when the patient experiences intense pain after the operation.

Acupuncture is another option to help alleviate the pain and discomfort that accompany an adenotonsillectomy. It has the potential to reduce swelling around the adenoids as well as relax your child.

Chiropractic treatment is an invaluable therapy for many patients. It can help reduce stress and tension, ease aches and pains, as well as promote better sleep patterns.

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