COBLATION technology combines radiofrequency energy and saline to create a plasma field. The plasma field remains at a relatively low temperature as it precisely ablates the targeted tonsil tissue. The COBLATION plasma field removes target tissue while minimizing damage to surrounding areas. This helps in faster and relatively pain free recovery.
Coblation tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which the patient’s tonsils are removed by destroying the surrounding tissues that attach them to the pharynx.
How is coblation tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy done?
Coblation a word derived from “controlled ablation” involves using low-temperature radiofrequency and a saline solution to gently and precisely remove the problematic tissues. The risk of injury to surrounding tissue is much lower than with cautery, and patients return to their normal activities more quickly.
This surgery is done under general anesthesia, the surgeon uses a special coblation wand to remove tonsils and adenoids in a minimally invasive way so that the patient can get back home early.
Who are the right candidates for Adenoidectomy via Coblation?
Coblation adenoidectomy is a technique that works at a relatively low temperature to gently dissolve and/or shrink target tissue with minimal thermal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Coblation technology provides ablation, resection, coagulation of soft tissue, and hemostasis of blood vessels in one convenient surgical device. Few Indications that a person can witness are:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Recurrent episodes of cough & cold
What are the benefits of Coblation Tonsillectomy?
- Fewer ‘bad days’—Patients report a better overall experience with Coblation Tonsillectomy after surgery when compared to other procedures. The visits to the hospitals are also reduced after surgery.
- Faster recovery—Coblation Tonsillectomy has increased the recovery period of a child, making it easier for him/her to return to normal activities and diet. On average, patients return to a normal diet 2.4 days after Coblation, as compared to 7.6 days after the cold steel method (Conventional method).
- Less pain—Coblation Tonsillectomy has also been shown to decrease pain and use of medications after the procedure.
- No reoccurrence of tonsils after surgery