Newswise — Surgeons who learn new surgical techniques for tonsillectomies must master the procedure to ensure proper care for patients.

In a new study presented at the 2007 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, researchers investigated hemorrhage rates following tonsillectomies, the existence of a learning curve, and the surgeon's perception of the issue. Using data from the Australian National Tonsillectomy Audit of 2005, the study authors were able to establish that a learning curve does exist between experienced and novice surgeons and that it has an impact on tonsillectomy procedures.

The findings bear impact for future introductions regarding new surgical techniques in otolaryngology.

Title: The Coblation Tonsillectomy Learning CurveAuthors: A. Simon Carney, MD FRCS FRACS, Gregory Kiss BSc, Penny Harris, BSc, Simon Joseph Nasser, MBBS, FRACSDate: Tuesday, September 18, 8:02 am - 8:10 am

Information for the Media The AAO-HNS Annual Meeting newsroom will be located in Registration East, Street Level of the Washington, DC Convention Center. Hours of operation: Saturday, September 15, 12 pm to 5 pm; Sunday - Tuesday, September 16 -18, 7:30 am to 5 pm; and Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 am to 2 pm. The newsroom serves as a work space for credentialed members of the media and credentialed public relations staff. The newsroom is managed and staffed by the AAO-HNS Communications Unit. Please see the AAO-HNS website for media credentialing requirements for the event -

About the AAO-HNSThe American Academy of Otolaryngology " Head and Neck Surgery (, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents more than 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The organization's mission: "Working for the Best Ear, Nose, and Throat Care."

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2007 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO