Tonsillectomy using the Colorado microdissection needle: a prospective series and comparative technique review

South Med J. 2004 Jan;97(1):11-7. doi: 10.1097/01.SMJ.0000084313.89387.1C.


Tonsillectomy remains one of the most common surgical procedures performed worldwide. Recent advancements in equipment technology have ushered in several new tonsillectomy techniques. Among these is the Colorado tip electromicrodissection needle. In this report, we describe the technical aspects of this modality and report our results in a prospective study of 12 adults and 13 children. We then compare our results with several published series using a variety of techniques. We found tonsillectomy using the electromicrodissection needle compares most favorably in all criteria examined, including operative and perioperative blood loss, perioperative pain, return to regular diet, and cost. We conclude that electromicrodissection tonsillectomy is an excellent option for all surgeons performing tonsillectomy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Blood Loss, Surgical
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Electrocoagulation / instrumentation*
  • Electrocoagulation / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Ligation
  • Male
  • Microdissection / instrumentation*
  • Microdissection / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Needles*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Prospective Studies
  • Tonsillectomy / instrumentation*
  • Tonsillectomy / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome