October 25, 2011

Tonsillectomy Circa 1940s [video]

I encountered this interesting video of tonsillectomy being performed in a child with sedation (but NO intubation) performed circa 1940s.

Of course, nowadays, tonsillectomy is performed under general anesthesia with intubation for airway protection. Below is a video of the way it is now done.

That is, unless, you practice in other parts of the world where modern medicine is not up to United States standards. In those nations, tonsillectomy is STILL being performed WITHOUT general anesthesia or any sedation for that matter. In fact, here's a blog I wrote earlier this year showing a graphic video depicting tonsillectomy being recently performed in a young child WITHOUT any sedation.

Modern tonsil surgery shown below:

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