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2009-12-01 12:34:01

New research from the journal Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Measuring five quality-base performance areas, an ambulatory surgical center out performed a standard hospital based surgical center in otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research in the December 2009 issue of Otolaryngology "“ Head and Neck Surgery. The cross-sectional study analyzed a total 486 cases at a pediatric ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and a hospital-based facility (HBF). The cases comprised of the...

2009-10-19 17:20:37

Children who receive a three-day course of antibiotics following tonsillectomy rather than a seven-day course appear to have no differences in pain or how quickly they return to a normal diet and activity level, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Otolaryngology"“Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. About 45.6 of every 10,000 children younger than 15 undergo tonsillectomies, most often as a treatment for sleep-related breathing disorders and...

2009-10-09 11:31:04

An OHSU researcher demonstrates that a common surgical procedure is an effective treatment for sleep apnea for some patients According to research recently published by an Oregon Health & Science University scientist, a form of surgery called uvopalatopharyngoplasty is effective for treating certain patients who suffer from sleep apnea, one of the most common sleep disorders. The research, conducted in collaboration with scientists at the Mayo Clinic, is published in the September issue...

2009-10-08 09:51:22

Obesity in children significantly increases the risk of major and minor respiratory complications following surgery to correct sleep disordered breathing (SDB), according to new research presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in San Diego, CA. The study, which followed the post-operative recovery of 49 obese children compared with a control group, revealed that 75.5 percent of the obese children...

2009-10-05 10:00:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- PEAK Surgical, Inc. and Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) today announced an agreement that grants the Surgical Technologies business at Medtronic exclusive rights for global distribution and marketing of the PEAK PlasmaBlade® TnA (Tonsil and Adenoid) tissue dissection device for the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) market. "PEAK's agreement with Medtronic is a major step toward our goal of capturing significant market share of the...

2009-10-05 06:10:00

Radiofrequncy-tonsillotomy, which enables surgeons to reduce the size of the tonsillar tissue instead of removing the tonsils entirely, seems to be an effective and safe method of treating children with symptoms of enlarged tonsils. In a paper presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology "“ Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in San Diego, researchers investigated 167 children (under 15 years old) who had undergone radiofrequency surgery...

2009-08-19 23:12:41

A doctor in Canada warns the use of codeine to treat pain following a tonsillectomy could prove fatal for some children. Dr. Gideon Koren of the University of Western Ontario investigated the death of a 2-year-old boy following a tonsillectomy. Koren said enlarged tonsils are usually treated with antibiotics, but tonsillectomies are performed in the case of sleep apnea, in which the child stops breathing while asleep. The toddler, who had a history of snoring and sleep-study-confirmed sleep...

2009-08-04 10:00:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- PEAK Surgical, Inc. today announced the launch of the PEAK((R)) PlasmaBlade TnA (Tonsil and Adenoid) tissue dissection device following 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This new product is indicated for cutting and coagulation of soft tissue during otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat [ENT]) surgery, including removal of the tonsils and adenoids. "Having tried all of the energy-based device options on the market...

2009-06-05 07:15:38

Young children and infants with obstructive sleep apnea could benefit from a new surgical technique. Removing the adenoids, tonsils or both using a surgical treatment known as adenotonsillectomy proved effective in a recent study on 73 children under the age of two who suffered from sleep apnea. Children treated medically without surgery displayed no improvement in sleep apnea symptoms, while those who underwent surgery reported significant improvement. Researchers say complications and side...

2009-06-03 07:55:16

New research shows waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) are clear risk factors for sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in children. However, neck circumference was not identified as a predictor for the condition. In a recent study, researchers gathered data from 700 children between the ages of five and 12 years of age. They found several non-anatomical conditions, including obesity, were linked to SDB. It is believed the condition is caused by large tonsils, resulting in many...