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.
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 dissolves 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 scarring experienced during and after the procedure.
When you come in, you will go through the following process:
Side effects of coblation tonsillectomy include:
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.
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.