Suction diathermy adenoidectomy: audit of current practice in a tertiary care hospital

Nithya Venkataramani, Ravi Sachidananda, Sandeep Dachuri, Srividya Rao Vasishta


Background: Adenoidectomy is conventionally performed using adenoid curette as a blind procedure. Suction diathermy adenoidectomy is a technique of ablating the adenoid tissue using thermal energy and removing it by suction. This audit aims to study the efficacy and complications of this technique in a tertiary care center.

Methods: Retrospective analysis of hospital database was conducted. Twenty-seven patients who underwent suction diathermy adenoidectomy were identified and hospital records studied. Parents were contacted and enquired regarding improvement in child's symptoms.

Results: No instances of postoperative complications identified. All except 2 parents were completely satisfied with the improvement in their child's symptoms. Two children had occasional mouth breathing.

Conclusions: Suction diathermy adenoidectomy is a feasible alternative to conventional adenoidectomy with few complications and minimal rate of recurrence.


Suction diathermy, Adenoidectomy, Coblation

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