The traditional way to remove the tonsils is using “cold steel” dissection. This is usually done with a curette of the adenoids. Stitches are often not needed and bleeding is stopped using electrocautery (diathermy).

Coblation is being used for both tonsil and adenoid removal, which has been shown to decrease complications and speed up recovery. (The word coblation is short for ‘controlled ablation’, which means a controlled procedure used to destroy soft tissue)

Children go home the same day, but the older teenagers and adults will spend one night in
hospital.

The next blog will be, “What are the potential complications of a tonsillectomy”

Coblation Tonsillectomy Animation