Weight is not the primary indicator for whether or not it is safe for a child to undergo a tonsillectomy - age is.
While mandating overnight observation and care following the surgery may help safeguard children to some degree, there are still risks present post-tonsillectomy. Dehydration and breathing problems are present more often in younger patients, while complications such as bleeding are not dependent on age, according to the new study.
“Tonsillectomy may be appropriate for some children, whether because of recurrent infections or obstruction,” said Dr. Michael Grosso, chair of pediatrics at Huntington Hospital. “However, it is an operation that is not altogether without risks. First, be sure that it is necessary, and get a second opinion if there is any doubt.”