Data for: Application of intraoperative hypothermic saline to relieve postoperative pain for pediatric coblation tonsillectomy
Objectives: To evaluate the effect of hypothermic saline application for pediatric coblation tonsillectomy on postoperative pain. Methods: Forty-eight children with adenotonsillar hyperplasia underwent tonsillectomy± adenoidectomy. 24 children were in HTS group (who use hypothermic saline as the coblation medium in operation), other 24 children with the same age were in NTS group (who use normothermic saline as the coblation medium). Children and their parents were asked to complete a daily questionnaire for 7 days following their surgery. Results: Significant differences were observed in comparison of the two pair of outlet water temperature of the coblation wand both at ablation power and at coagulation power (p=0.000). Children in HTS group got lower scores than those in NTS group (p<.05). When the cumulative postoperative pain scores of parents and children were compared, the differences between the two groups were even more significant (p<.01). No side effects were observed. Conclusions: Using hypothermic normal saline as the media of coblation wand can effectively reduce postoperative pain in pediatric population without increasing the cost of patients and without side effects.