Patient’s need to have their tonsils removed for a variety of reasons including recurrent infections and obstructive breathing patterns. Tonsil surgery involves removing the tonsils from the back of the throat and is typically performed under general anesthesia with the patient completely asleep. Over the years numerous techniques have evolved, each one focusing on safety and severity of pain.
The classic gold standard technique for removing tonsils is the “cold technique” which involves use of a scalpel. This allows for effective removal of the tonsils, however, significant amounts of bleeding may be encountered.The introduction of electrocautery allowed for effective removal of the tonsils and control of any bleeding. This “hot technique” uses a wand that delivers a focused current of electricity that not only cuts through tissue but also coagulates the blood vessels. The downside to electrocautery is that it does deliver heat or thermal damage to surrounding tissue causing post-operative swelling and discomfort.
The newest technique that is now available for removing tonsils is termed coblation. This advanced technology uses radiofrequency energy that is delivered to the tissue through a saline solution providing for effective removal of the tonsils and adenoids with control of bleeding vessels all with minimal thermal damage to surrounding tissue. This technique allows for effective surgery with minimal post-operative pain and discomfort. Please visit www.arthrocareent.com for more information
We are pleased to announce that the physicians of ENT Specialists are offering patients use of coblation technology for removal of tonsils and adenoids, as well as other airway surgery. Please feel free to contact us or schedule an appointment to discuss these techniques and determine which is the right one for you.