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Is weekend surgery a risk factor for post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage?

  • A Patel (a1), N Foden (a1) and A Rachmanidou (a1)



Tonsillectomy is a common, low-risk procedure. Post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage remains the most serious complication. Recent nationwide studies in the UK have identified an increased morbidity and mortality for both high-risk and low-risk elective general surgery performed at the weekend.


Data for tonsillectomies performed at a district general hospital over a three-year period were retrospectively reviewed. The same group of surgeons performed elective tonsillectomies on both weekends and weekdays. All patients who developed a post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage were identified and the day of original operation was noted.


Between 2010 and 2013, 2208 (94.00 per cent) elective tonsillectomies were performed on a weekday and 141 (6.00 per cent) were performed on the weekend. Post-tonsillectomy haemorrhages occurred in 104 patients (4.71 per cent) who underwent their procedure on a weekday and in 10 patients (7.09 per cent) who had their surgery at the weekend (p = 0.20).


There is no difference in the rate of post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage for procedures performed on a weekday or weekend.


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Address for correspondence: Mr A Patel, 9 Elstree Hill, Bromley BR1 4JE, UK Fax: 020 8333 333 E-mail:


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Presented at the 16th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (‘ASEAN’) Otolaryngology – Head Neck Surgery Congress, 11–13 November 2015, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and at the Society of Academic and Research Surgery, 6–7 January 2016, London, UK.



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Is weekend surgery a risk factor for post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage?

  • A Patel (a1), N Foden (a1) and A Rachmanidou (a1)


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