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November 1934

A SET OF INSTRUMENTS FOR ELECTROSURGICAL TONSILLECTOMY

Author Affiliations

FRANKLIN, PA.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(5):707-709. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600050094010
Abstract

I have designed a set of instruments for the electrosurgical removal of tonsils which I believe to be the method par excellence in adults preferably under local anesthesia. If general anesthesia is selected, I choose avertin as being more safe than ether, owing to the danger from explosion of the latter. The instruments1 used are: an insulated snare, furnished with no. 7 wire, which gives an unobstructed view of the field and allows easy manipulation; a pair of tonsil forceps, which grasp the tonsil firmly and will not slip; a spud-shaped dissector for freeing the mucous membrane from the tonsil, and an insulated tongue depressor which is a modification of the Pynchon instrument. The handle of the depressor is sufficiently long that when grasped the hand of the assistant will not interfere with the operator. An endothermy machine furnishes the cutting current. Under local anesthesia, I have the patient

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