What are tonsils?

Tonsils are ball-like areas of soft tissue on both sides of the throat. They help the body fight infection by filtering out germs that enter the body through the mouth and nose. There are other tissues like the tonsils that help filter out germs too. They are called the adenoids.

What are the adenoids?

The adenoids also help the body fight off infection. The adenoids are the areas of soft tissue right behind the nose.

What types of problems can someone have with their tonsils and adenoids?

Sometimes the tonsils and/or the adenoids are so enlarged that they block the throat and breathing airway. This can cause difficulty breathing and other serious health problems. A child’s doctor may call this condition tonsillar hypertrophy or obstruction.While helping the body fight off germs, the tonsils and adenoids may also get infected. If the infection is great enough to cause inflammation, this condition is called tonsillitis.

What is a tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy is a surgery in which the tonsils are removed from the throat. An adenoidectomy is a similar surgery that removes the adenoids.

What are the most common reasons for a tonsillectomy?

The tonsils may be removed for two main reasons:

Obstruction: The most common reason tonsils are removed is because they are so large that they block or obstruct the throat. This may cause difficulty in breathing or even more serious health problems. Symptoms include


            Loud and/or labored breathing

            Severe difficulty swallowing

            Mouth breathing

            Frequent and disruptive gasping or snorting noises

Chronic infection: Chronic or recurring infections in the tonsils can lead to chronic tonsillitis. Removing the tonsils can help reduce the number of throat infections.

In addition to these, in children older than five symptoms include:

Bedwetting at night

Behavioral problems

Shortened attention span

Abnormally low weight, weight gain and appetite for their age

What is Coblation® Tonsillectomy?

Coblation Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy is a gentler way to remove both the tonsils and adenoids. This innovative surgery results in very little pain and fast recovery for patients.

Derived from the term “controlled ablation,” Coblation removes or ablates tonsil tissue with little harm to surrounding healthy tissue.

Coblation is not a heat-driven process, therefore it does not char or burn healthy tissue like conventional electrosurgery and laser surgery. It combines radiofrequency energy with a natural saline solution to gently and precisely remove tissue leading to a fast and easier recovery.

Coblation technology has been used in more than 2 million surgeries, including more than 500,000 ear, nose and throat surgeries.

Why is Coblation® Tonsillectomy a better choice?

Older ways of removing the tonsils and adenoids include cutting or burning. These methods could cause extensive pain and may damage healthy tissue around the tissue that is removed. Coblation is an advanced technology that uses gentle radiofrequency energy with a saline solution—to quickly and safely remove tonsils and adenoids. Coblation does not remove the tonsils or adenoids by heating or burning preserving healthy surrounding tissue.

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. Studies show that patient calls and visits to the doctor due to problems after surgery are significantly less with Coblation Tonsillectomy.

Faster recovery—Coblation Tonsillectomy has been shown in clinical studies to speed a child’s return to normal activity and diet. On average, patients return to a normal diet in 2.4 days after Coblation, versus 7.6 days after electrocautery.2

Less pain—Coblation Tonsillectomy has also been shown to decrease pain and use of medications after the procedure.2,3

What are some potential complications following a Coblation® Tonsillectomy?

All tonsillectomy procedures have the same general risks. Parents should consult a physician about the possible risks and complications that may result from a procedure involving general anesthesia.