Tonsillectomy in Children
Children diagnosed with sleep apnea and recurrent chronic tonsillitis must have their tonsils removed, Coblation-assisted intracapsular / subcapsular technique results in less post-operative pain and a quicker return to normal eating and activity than the traditional dissection method. Both Tonsils and Adenoid can be easily removed by Coblation method.
What is Coblation Technique?
Coblation is a non-heat driven process in which radiofrequency energy is applied to a conductive medium (usually saline) causing a highly focused plasma field to form around the electrodes.
One of the advantages of Coblation technique is that there is less thermal or heat damage to the surrounding healthy tissue as the temperature is only around 40 to 70°C which further results in less pain. Also the bleeding is less as it has focused coagulation.
Advantages of Coblation over Laser Tonsillectomy
- Significantly less pain and less frequent use of narcotic analgesics
- Significantly faster return to normal diet (2-4 days)
- Less incidence of postoperative nausea and throat swelling
- Less depth of thermal adjacent tissue necrosis
- No Fire Hazard
- Can reduce base of Tongue
Adults with chronic fibrotic, buried tonsils are not easy to be removed by Coblator device. Traditional method is easy and less time consuming. Partial tonsillectomy can be done to improve the airway in OSA-Snoring patients, using Coblator.