Although the number of procedures has significantly decreased over the past century, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are commonly performed surgeries in the pediatric group, with obstructive sleep apnea being the most common indication. Despite the availability of newer technologies, tonsillectomy is still associated with a relatively high risk of postoperative morbidity. Pain and postoperative bleeding can have a significant impact on the child's health and quality of life. This article reviews the currently available techniques for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, with their characteristics and potential benefits. No gold standard exists at this point, and further prospective clinical trials are needed in this perspective.
- Quality of life
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