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Tonsil and Adenoid Conditions

Not infrequently, children suffer airway compromise related to enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids. This can lead to snoring and sleep apnea, with associated problems such as daytime tiredness and impaired learning ability or behavior problems. Recurrent tonsillitis can also be problematic. Sometimes treatment involves medicines, and sometimes tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are required. In recent years, coblation tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy has been a major advance when this surgery is necessary. Our anesthesiologists have pediatric expertise, and Mills-Peninsula provides a warm and friendly environment with nurses skilled in the care of children undergoing outpatient surgery.

"I've been using Starion's technology for several years now and I've been very pleased with the results – less pain and bleeding, faster recoveries – it's so satisfying to have something that truly makes a difference in the care and comfort of my patients." - Jennifer Bock Hughes, M.D.

Starion's ENTceps is specifically designed for procedures where fine precision, soft tissue sealing and dividing is required, such as tonsillectomy, parotidectomy, thyroidectomy and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Unlike conventional products employing monopolar, bipolar or ultrasonic energy, ENTceps features Starion's patented Tissue Welding technology, which uses direct heat and pressure to simultaneously seal and divide soft tissue, minimizing collateral damage.

Faster recovery and less need for medication.

Coblation is a technique developed to deliver radiofrequency to tissues through saline to either incise or dissolve tissue. Coblation is preferred over electrocautery because less heat is delivered to the tissues and therefore there is less thermal damage to the surrounding areas, resulting in less patient discomfort. While applying coblation to tissues, there is a coagulative effect as well, so blood loss during coblation procedures is negligible.

Coblation can be used for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Coblation is also used for turbinate reduction and base of tongue procedures. Studies have reported, and our group’s experience confirms, that patients have smoother postoperative courses and quicker recoveries since the assimilation of coblation into our practice.

More Coblator information:
Coblation Assisted Tonsillectomy Brochure
Coblation Turbinate Reduction Brochure