Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 2012 Dec 27
Tonsillectomy is a common operative procedure performed for tonsillar hypertrophy complicates with recurrent tonsillitis. Among the post tonsillectomy morbidities, post operative wound healing is of utmost importance to be effectively managed as it will interfere with patient recuperation from surgery. Tualang honey has been shown to accelerate wound healing in postoperative patients.
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Tualang honey in enhancing healing process in post tonsillectomy patients.
In this open labelled prospective study, the selected paediatric patients were randomized into two groups. The 35 subjects in the Tualang honey-antibiotic group received 3mls of Tualang honey intraoperatively followed by 4mls of oral Tualang honey three times daily for seven days. Concurrently, 25mg/kg of intravenous Sultamicillin was given three times daily for two days followed by oral Sultamicillin twice daily for five days. The 28 subjects in the antibiotic only group received intravenous at 25mg/kg Sultamicillin kg for two days followed by oral Sultamicillin twice daily for five days. The healing process was assessed at day 1, day 3, day 7 and day 14 postoperatively by semiquantitative endoscopic photograph examination of both tonsillar fossae.
The average ages for the treatment group and the control groups were 9 and 11 years old respectively. Wound healing was significantly faster in the treatment group in both tonsillar fossae compared to the control group (left: p-value=<0 .001=".001" p-value="<0.001).</p" right:="right:">
Tualang honey has positive effect in enhancing healing process in post tonsillectomy patient. It is easy to use topically, safe to consume orally and available at low cost locally. Overall it can be used as an excellent adjunct therapy for post operative patients.0>