Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend non-surgical or surgical treatments:
Non-surgical remedies may range from rest and liquids to a series of antibiotics. Occasional sore throats, strep throat, and mild tonsillitis may be treated non-surgically.
The traditional method of choice for tonsillectomy has been electrosurgery. Although this procedure yields satisfactory clinical results, the patient's postoperative experience may be less than optimal. Unpleasant complications such as pain and extended recovery times are still an issue.
COBLATION technology uses plasma energy, not heat energy, to precisely dissect or ablate soft tissue. Because of this, the COBLATION device removes the targeted tissue, while still maintaining the integrity of the surrounding areas.
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.