Tonsillectomy

If I Have Tonsillitis, Do I Need
A Tonsillectomy?

If tonsil surgery for tonsillitis is your best option, a COBLATION tonsillectomy may be right for you. COBLATION technology is a new, minimally invasive surgical technique for tonsillectomy procedures.3


Do I Need Surgery?

If you experience recurrent tonsillitis or have airway obstruction caused by enlarged tonsils, you may need a tonsillectomy.1 Learn about tonsillectomies and whether or not you may need your tonsils removed.
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What is a COBLATION Tonsillectomy?

A COBLATION (controlled ablation) tonsillectomy uses a COBLATION wand that contains a controlled plasma field to remove tonsils. COBLATION technology operates at temperatures between 40° and 70° Celsius2 ; whereas the traditional electrocautery technique generates significantly higher temperatures between 400° and 600° Celsius.3 See if a COBLATION tonsillectomy is right for you.
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References:

  1. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Tonsils and Adenoids. 2014. Available at: httpJ/www.entnet.org/content/tonsils-and-adenolds. Accessed March 18, 2016.
  2. Shapiro N, Bhattacharyya N. Cold Dissection Versus Coblation-Assisted Adenotonsillectomy in Children. The Laryngoscope. 2007;117(3):406-410. doi:10.1097/mlg.0b013e31802ffe47.
  3. Woloszko J. Kwende M. Stalder K. Coblation in otolaryngology. Proceedings of the SPIE. 2003, Accessed June 8, 2018. https://www.spiedigitallibrary.org/conference-proceedings-ofspie/4949/0000/Coblation-in-otolaryngology/10.1117/12.488349.short?SSO=1
There are 0 physicians in the area who use COBLATION Technology, A Gentler Tonsillectomy*:
*Not every surgeon is trained to use COBLATION Technology in tonsillectomy procedures.

No matter how statistically safe a procedure has proven to be, every surgery has risks. Post Tonsillectomy Hemorrhage (PTH) is a potentially serious complication that has been reported in literature for both adult and pediatric patients. It is reported to occur following use of COBLATION devices as well as following the use of other surgical devices and methods. Before making any surgical decision, you should speak with your doctor about any potential risks.

COBLATION wands are contraindicated for use in patients with cardiac pacemakers or other electronic device implants.

* Compared to monopolar dissection, based on analysis of eight randomized clinical trials.

Harley Jr., Earl H., John T., Mike and Hanson, Beate. Coblation Dissection Versus Monopolar Dissection - A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. 2016; Data on file with Smith & Nephew, PN 91999 Rev A.

Woloszko, Jean, and Gilbride, Charles. Coblation Technology: Plasma Mediated Ablation for Otolaryngology Applications. Proceedings of SPIE. 2000, Vol. 3907.

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