Experienced operators know that control of the normal bleeding that follows adenoidectomy lessens the danger of infection of the lower respiratory tract, lessens postoperative nausea and vomiting and allows the patient to return to his room without cough or respiratory embarrassment and with a clean face. Complete control of this bleeding causes practically no delay.
Of the instruments available, the straight sponge forceps does not conform to the anatomic requirements, and puts recently traumatized tonsil fossae and pillars on great tension. The only properly curved forceps that I have found is one designed by Schwartz.1 This forceps has vertical blades of too great thickness to be inserted easily under the soft palate of a small child. To overcome this objection, V. Mueller & Company, of Chicago, made up the forceps described here, which I have found valuable in my work.
Fig. 1.—A, top view of blades; B, bottom
LAWSON LJ. A NEW ADENOID SPONGE-HOLDER. Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;15(4):621–622. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.03570030640015