Cold Steel Tonsillectomy

Please be advised that this video contains graphic footage of surgery.

This video demonstrates a traditional tonsillectomy using cold steel instruments in a child with obstructive sleep apnea performed by Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan.

Chapter Authors: Jason H. Barnes, M.D., Karthik Balakrishnan, M.D.
Series Editors: Andrew J. Goates, M.D., Matthew L. Carlson, M.D.

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