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Clinical Challenges
October 2001

Injection of Local Anesthetic in Tonsillectomy

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(10):1276-1278. doi:10.1001/archotol.127.10.1276

Injection of local anesthetic significantly benefits patients undergoing tonsillectomy.

Tonsillectomy is a commonly performed procedure in the United States and is usually associated with significant postoperative pain. The benefits of decreased pain are obvious; a shorter recovery period and faster return to a regular diet and activity level make life much easier for patients and their families. Numerous attempts have been made to reduce postoperative pain; these include improved intraoperative anesthetic pain regimens, use of corticosteroids, adjustment of surgical technique, and intraoperative injection of local anesthetic.