Complications of turbinate reduction surgery in combination with tonsillectomy in pediatric patients

Sonia N. Yuen, Peggy P. Leung, Jamie Lauren Funamura, Kosuke Kawai, David W. Roberson, Eelam A. Adil

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Objectives/Hypothesis: To examine whether the addition of turbinoplasty to tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) increases the risk of postoperative complications. Study Design: Retrospective cohort study of children (18 years old and younger) who underwent tonsillectomy and/or turbinoplasty between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015 using the 2016 Pediatric Health Information System administrative database Methods: Patients were divided into three groups: 1) T&A and turbinoplasty, 2) T&A alone, and 3) turbinoplasty alone. Postoperative revisit, hemorrhage requiring cautery, and blood transfusion rates were compared between groups. Results: A total of 75,761 patients met inclusion criteria: 3,079 underwent both T&A and turbinoplasty, 72,043 underwent T&A alone, and 639 underwent turbinoplasty alone. The rate of 14-day relevant revisits after T&A in combination with turbinate reduction surgery was not significantly higher than that of T&A alone (9.4% vs. 8.6%; P = .11). The revisit rate after turbinoplasty alone was 1.4%. Indications for revisits did not differ between the T&A and turbinoplasty group versus T&A alone group (P = .23). Furthermore, the rates of hemorrhage requiring cauterization was similar between the two groups (1.4% vs. 1.5%; P = .64). Twenty-one patients who underwent T&A alone required blood transfusion after they were readmitted; no cases in the other two groups required blood transfusion. Conclusions: Turbinoplasty and T&A performed together do not increase the risk of postoperative revisit or hemorrhage requiring cauterization, and can therefore be considered as a combined procedure. Pediatric patients will benefit from avoiding the additional risk of multiple anesthetics and repeated intubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenoidectomy
  • Bleeding
  • Pediatric tonsillectomy
  • Postoperative complication
  • Readmission
  • Turbinate reduction
  • Turbinoplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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