Coblation – Tonsillectomy

Coblation – Tonsillectomy


General overview of the service:

Tonsils are two tissue masses found at the back of the throat that contain similar tissue to lymph nodes found in other areas of the body including the armpits and groin areas. These tissue masses are thought to play a significant role in the immune response of the body during the early years of childhood. Acting as gatekeepers, they trap any germs and bacteria coming into the throat from the nostrils or mouth. Once trapped, the tissue gets infected and triggers the immune system to manufacture antibodies before the infection affects the rest of the body. As time goes by and adulthood commences, these tissue masses play a lesser role in the immune response. Tonsillitis is a condition that affects these tissue masses and is characterized by the frequent infection and inflammation of the tonsils despite the use of antibiotics. This infection causes them to swell resulting in a number of complications such as difficulty swallowing, breathing through the nose, pain, etc. For such, the best course of action is to have them removed, and this can be done through a coblation tonsillectomy.

How the service is done:

Coblation tonsillectomy is an improvement on the more traditional types of tonsillectomies performed in the past. This procedure, instead of using a sharp cutting instrument instead employs coblation technology, a technology that uses tiny electrodes to create a plasma field within a cooling bath of saline water, which dissolve the tissue fastening the tonsils without burning adjacent tissue. As a result, coblation tonsillectomy can be performed as a minimally invasive procedure with minimal bleeding and scaring experienced during and after the procedure.

What methods are used:

When you come in, you will go through the following process:

  • First, you will sit down with the surgeon and they will explain to you what the procedure entails for either you or your child.
  • After a complete understanding, you will need to sign a surgical consent form for the procedure;
  • You will then be instructed on the pre-operation requirements such as not eating or drinking anything 12-24 hours prior to the operation, how to take any medication you are currently on and so on. If your tonsils are infected, you may have to also take some antibiotics prior to the operation.
  • Before the procedure commences, you will be given general anesthesia to out you under The surgeon will then install devices to keep your mouth open.
  • Using the coblation device and some medical tongs, the surgeon will carefully carve out the tonsils and remove them. Owing to the location and physiology of the tonsils, this takes only a few minutes each.
  • After extracting them, the surgeon will deal with any bleeding, although less than a teaspoon of blood is lost in most cases.
  • You will then be wheeled back to the ward to allow the anesthesia to wear off.

Are there any side-effects:

Side effects of coblation tonsillectomy include:

  • Infection and inflammation of the throat
  • Sore throat
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling, which may cause pain while swallowing and a slight change to the voice

Follow-up treatments or next steps:

After the procedure, you will need to avoid any hot or spicy foods for a few days. You may also need to suck on ice as this will reduce the swelling and sooth any inflammation and pain you may have. The prognosis for this procedure is generally good with most patients resuming normal eating after a few hours and going back to work/ school after a few days.

Contact our office:

To find out more about our coblation tonsillectomy service, visit L.A. Sinus & Allergy Specialists offices located at 1701 E Cesar Chavez Ave Suite 560, Los Angeles, CA 90033-2425, or book an appointment by calling (323) 226-0022 today.