Tonsil removal (tonsillectomy) using COBLATION™ Plasma Technology at Leeds Hospital
At Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital, our specialist consultants perform this alternative procedure to traditional tonsillectomy. This procedure is minimally invasive, causing less discomfort and reducing recovery time. Read more…
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What is CoblationTM technology?
COBLATION™ Technology utilises radiofrequency energy to remove tissue. Because the COBLATION™ process is not a heat-driven process, surrounding healthy tissue is preserved.
Unlike a traditional surgical knife or “electrocautery” (heat) procedure, tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy using COBLATION™ Plasma Technology can be used to reduce the size of your tonsils and remove your adenoids with little harm to surrounding healthy tissue.
How is tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy using COBLATION™ Technology performed?
This surgery is almost always done under general anaesthesia and it only lasts about 30 minutes. The surgeon uses a special handpiece which utilises radiofrequency energy to reduce the tonsil tissue and remove the adenoids in a near bloodless fashion. Most patients can go home the same day.
Going home and recovery
When you leave the hospital, you may get a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics to help fight infections.
- rest at home for a few days to a week
- avoid vigorous physical activities for a week or two.
- have a sore throat and a hard time swallowing for a few days
- find softer foods easier to eat and swallow but most food is OK.
Risk and complications
Every surgical procedure carries a degree of risk. Your consultant will discuss all the possible risks with you during your consultation.
As with all tonsillectomy procedures, in addition to general anaesthesia risks, 2-3% of tonsillectomy patients can experience post-op bleeding (up to 5-10 days after surgery). Fever can be present, and dehydration and weight loss can occur, especially among children who won’t eat or drink due to pain.