Day Case Adenotonsiletomy: Experience of Two Private Clinics in Nigeria
Background: adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy are among the common surgeries perform in children in otorhinoryngological practice. It was the aim of this study to evaluate the post operative mobility in patients undergoing day-case adenoidedtomy/tonsillectomy or adenotonsillectomy. Methodology: All pediatrics cases requiring adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy or both who presented at HANSA clinics Enugu (January 1990 to June 2004) and GENIKS specialist clinics Ibadan (January 2000 to June 2004) were counseled for day case surgery. The inclusion criteria were: Patients certified fit for surgery- ASA grade I or II for general Anaesthesia and had no intercurrent CVS disease or bleeding diathesis among others. Results: A total number of 144 patients requiring adenoidectomy, Tonsillectomy or both were seen at the study centers with only sixty six (45.8%) meeting the inclusion criteria. Adenoidectomy constituted 47% of the surgeries with over 80 of the patient age less than 7 years reactionary haemorrhage was noted in 3 (4.5%) of the patient. the other complications Were non-persistent vomiting 13 (19.7%), low grade fever 5 (7.6%) and pain at time of discharge 23 (34.8%). There were no fatalities. Conclusion: The complication rates were low. Day-case Adenoidectomy/tonsillectomy or denotonsillectomy is safe and the presence or closeness of the family members contributed greatly to patients/ post recovery as this as this had a soothing/calming effect on the patient/s.
Keywords: Day-case, Adenoidectomy, Tonsillectomy, Nigeria.
Nigerian Journal of Medicine Vol. 17 (3) 2008: pp. 296-299