‘Un­nec­es­sary’ ton­sil ops ‘cost­ing tens of mil­lions’

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

TENS of thou­sands of Bri­tish chil­dren are hav­ing their ton­sils re­moved “un­nec­es­sar­ily”, a new study sug­gests.

Re­searchers said that seven in eight young­sters given the pro­ce­dure were un­likely to ben­e­fit from the op­er­a­tion.

These un­nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures are cost­ing the NHS tens of mil­lions of pounds a year, they added.

The most com­mon rea­son for a ton­sil­lec­tomy – the sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure to re­move the ton­sils – is a re­cur­rent sore throat.

Ev­i­dence sug­gests that the pro­ce­dure re­sults in mod­est, short-term re­duc­tions in re­cur­rent sore throats in se­verely af­fected chil­dren, the re­searchers said.

UK guide­lines sug­gest of­fer­ing a ton­sil­lec­tomy for chil­dren with seven or more doc­u­mented sore throats over the course of a year, they added.

But only a small num­ber of those who re­ceived the pro­ce­dure had this many sore throats, ac­cord­ing to the study pub­lished in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Gen­eral Prac­tice.

Re­searchers from the Uni­ver­sity of Birm­ing­ham an­a­lysed health records from more than 1.6 mil­lion chil­dren from 700 GP surg­eries.

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