Learn more about this procedure to find out if it could be an appropriate treatment for safe removal of tonsils and adenoids.

 

For more information contact Dr. Mark Zeme, a Coblation specialist in the East San Francisco Bay Area:

Phone (510) 889-6673

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Mark Zeme, M.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coblation Specialist

Dr. Mark Zeme is a specialist in the use of Coblation as an innovative and safe method for removal of tonsils and adenoids.

Second Most Common Operation on Children — Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies (or adenotonsillectomies when performed together) are the second most common operation performed on children. Approximately 600,000 tonsillectomies are performed annually on children and adults. Introduced in 2001, Coblation® Tonsillectomy is rapidly becoming the standard of care, with more than 30 percent of tonsillectomies now performed using the procedure.

Symptoms of Obstruction

The tonsils may be removed for two main reasons including obstruction and chronic infection. In the past, tonsils and adenoids were commonly removed as a treatment for chronic infection or tonsillitis. Today, 75 percent of adenotonsillectomies are performed to remove enlarged tonsils causing obstruction to the airway, which can lead to sleep-disordered breathing.

Symptoms of obstruction vary from child to child and can include sleep-disordered breathing, snoring, loud and/or labored breathing, lower cognitive functioning, daytime sleepiness, severe difficulty swallowing, or mouth breathing.

Recent studies have shown that after undergoing adenotonsillectomy for obstructive symptoms, children showed reduced symptoms of ADHD and daytime sleepiness and higher cognitive functioning one year following the procedure.

How Coblation Is Different from Traditional Surgery

Coblation uses gentle radio frequency energy with a natural salt solution, rather than removal by heating or burning. This leaves the healthy tissue surrounding the target tissue unaffected.

Many conventional tonsillectomy devices burn or cut tonsil tissue, and can cause heavy bleeding and extensive pain for the patient.

Traditional procedures may cause excessive bleeding or use high levels of heat and may cause damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Benefits of Coblation Over Traditional Surgery for Children

Recent studies have shown that after undergoing adenotonsillectomy for obstructive symptoms, children showed reduced symptoms of ADHD and daytime sleepiness and higher cognitive functioning one year following the procedure.

happy childBenefits include:

  • Less Pain

  • Less Bleeding

  • Quicker Recovery Time

  • Fewer Post-Operative Complications

  • Maximum Precision for Your Surgeon

Instead of the prolonged recovery period (up to two weeks) common with other tonsillectomy methods, studies have shown that Coblation patients are back to their normal diet more quickly, in 2.4 days versus 7.6 days on average, reducing the risk of dehydration and rapid weight loss.

Coblation Tonsillectomy typically takes about 20 minutes to perform and has a lower incidence of postoperative complications versus older tonsillectomy procedures. According to one published study, doctors received 59 percent fewer patient calls or visits for complications during days one through 14 post-surgery with Coblation Tonsillectomy versus tonsillectomy with electrocautery.

Adenoidectomy has traditionally been performed using a device called a curette followed by cautery to cut and burn tissue to control bleeding. In contrast, Coblation adenoidectomy provides the surgeon with a better field of vision, allowing for a more precise and controlled method of removing tissue with less damage to surrounding areas.