Conventional techniques of removing the tonsils include cutting or burning. These methods are widely practiced and have stood the test of time. Postoperative pain from these techniques is well known and results from damage to the muscles that form the tonsillar bed. Excessive use of diathermy (burning) may cause significant damage to the underlying tissue resulting in severe post-operative pain and difficulty in swallowing. It also increases the chances of post-operative secondary bleeding.
Coblation is an advanced technology that uses radiofrequency energy with a saline solution—to quickly and safely remove tonsils and adenoids. The radiofrequency beaks down the sodium and chloride particles which form a “plasma”. This plasma ablates the tissue plane between the tonsils and the underlying muscles. There is no or minimal damage to surrounding tissue. The word, Coblation, is derived from “controlled ablation” and that’s exactly what it is.
The advantages of coblation tonsillectomy are, lesser postoperative pain and faster recovery.