Management of postoperative bleeding after tonsillectomy

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 1987 May;20(2):391-7.


Tonsillectomy is a safe operative procedure today, but hemorrhage remains a continuing problem. Excessive bleeding requires prompt attention by the surgeon and immediate treatment. Should local measures to control bleeding fail, external carotid artery ligation may be a life-saving procedure.

MeSH terms

  • Carotid Artery, External / surgery*
  • Hemorrhage / surgery*
  • Hemostasis, Surgical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Ligation
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery*
  • Reoperation
  • Tonsillectomy / adverse effects*