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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 127-132

Nonpharmacological management of posttonsillectomy pain

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, IMS and SUM Hospital, Siksha “O” Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Dr. Santosh Kumar Swain
Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, IMS and SUM Hospital, Siksha “O” Anusandhan University, K8, Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar - 751 003, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/sjoh.sjoh_33_21

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Tonsillectomy is a frequently performed surgical procedure by otolaryngologists. Patients' complaints of posttonsillectomy pain are unavoidable. Pain is a significant obstacle for rehabilitation of the patients following tonsillectomy and it influences the duration of the hospital stay and ability to revive for normal activity. The pain following tonsillectomy often affects oral intake, ability to return to their daily world, and discharge from the hospital. The relief of posttonsillectomy pain remains challenging and even controversial. Pain is common and intense in the posttonsillectomy period. Posttonsillectomy is one of the most common unpleasant side effects of tonsillectomy. There are several techniques and treatment methods available to get relief from posttonsillectomy pain. Although this area has received little scientific attention until now, the desire for alternatives to drug-based treatment for posttonsillectomy pain has continued to develop in recent years. Currently, pain following the posttonsillectomy period continues to be a highly debated issue and an area of active research. Throat pain in the posttonsillectomy period can result in significant morbidity among patients. There are different pharmacologic agents available; each one has its risk profile and side effects when used for controlling posttonsillectomy pain. However, here this reviews article discusses important nonpharmacological agents for the management of posttonsillectomy pain. This article reviews the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and details of nonpharmacological agents used for controlling posttonsillectomy pain.

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