Outpatient Adenotonsillectomy: Is it Safe in Children Younger than 3 Years?

by admin on June 4, 2010

About Dr. Rande Lazar

Dr. Rande Lazar is a Memphis Otolaryngologist with a primary focus in pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders, including ear infections, throat infections, tonsil infections, sinus infections and sleep disorders. Dr. Rande Lazar has special expertise in adult and pediatric sleep and snoring disorders and surgery, as well as adult and pediatric sinus disorders. Dr. Rande Lazar is experienced in a wide range of disorders of the ear, nose, throat, sinus, respiratory system and the other head and neck systems, as well as children’s disorders of the larynx (voicebox), and hearing problems.

You can find out more about Dr. Lazar at Otolaryngology Consultants of Memphis.

Outpatient Adenotonsillectomy: Is it Safe in Children

Younger than 3 Years?

Adenotonsillectomy can be and has been successfully been performed as an outpatient procedure, with the patient returning home the next day. Concern about using the treatment on children younger than three years old is, however, understandable. There are concerns about respiratory problems, bleeding and dehydration. Research conducted by Memphis otolaryngologist Rande Lazar shows that though young age and obstructive sleep apnea do increase the risk of some complications, there is no evidence of bleeding being more common in children younger than three years old.

You can read the full text of the white paper here.

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