Thermal welding versus cold knife tonsillectomy: A prospective randomized study

YILMAZ M., DÜZLÜ M., Catli T., Ustun S., CEYLAN A.

KAOHSIUNG JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, vol.28, no.5, pp.270-272, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.kjms.2011.06.022
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.270-272
  • Keywords: Cold knife, Pain, Pediatrics, Thermal welding, Tonsillectomy, RADIOFREQUENCY, DISSECTION
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


This is a prospective randomized study conducted in a group of children who underwent two methods of tonsillectomy: thermal welding or cold knife tonsillectomy. Parameters, such as postoperative pain scores, intraoperative blood loss, operation time, and postoperative bleeding rates, were analyzed to find out which technique is better. Ninety-one children (aged between 2 years and 13 years) with recurrent tonsillitis, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, or both were included in the study. According to the type of tonsillectomy procedure, the patients were divided into two groups: cold knife and thermal welding procedure. The two groups were compared on the basis of postoperative pain scores, intraoperative blood loss, operation time, and postoperative bleeding. Fifty-seven patients underwent thermal welding tonsillectomy and 34 had cold knife tonsillectomy. The mean pain score in thermal welding group was significantly lower (p < 0.001). There was no remarkable blood loss intraoperatively in the thermal welding procedure. The operation time was not significantly different between two groups. No postoperative bleeding was encountered in the thermal welding group. Compared with the cold knife technique, thermal welding was found to be a relatively new and safe technique for tonsillectomy as it results in significantly less postoperative pain and no remarkable blood loss. Copyright (C) 2012, Elsevier Taiwan LLC. All rights reserved.