Tonsils and Adenoids

Coblation Tonsillectomy

What is COBLATION Technology?

"Co-" stands for "controlled" and "-blation" is from the word, "ablation," which is the process of reducing the size of something; when the sun melts an iceberg, the process is called, "ablation." COBLATION technology combines radiofrequency energy and saline to create a plasma field. The plasma field remains at a relatively low temperature as it precisely ablates the targeted tonsil tissue. The COBLATION plasma field removes target tissue while minimizing damage to surrounding areas.

How is a COBLATION tonsillectomy different from a standard tonsillectomy?

Unlike the electrosurgery procedure, a COBLATION tonsillectomy generates significantly lower temperatures on contacted tissue*. This gives surgeons the ability to precisely remove targeted tonsil tissue while preserving the nearby healthy tissue. COBLATION technology uses an advanced process to remove tonsil tissue COBLATION technology precisely removes tissue by dissolving the tonsils at the molecular level rather than rupturing or burning the cells.

Case Study:  Tyler - 8 year old boy with a history of snoring and mouth breathing associated with grinding the teeth, stopping breathing during sleep, gasping/waking with a startle, sleeping in odd positions, difficulty getting to sleep, difficulty staying asleep, fidgety legs, and frequent nightmares. He has trouble focusing and concentrating in school and appears hyperactive during the day.  Treatment: Tonsillectomy. 

UPPP- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty with lateral expansion technique.

 

A type of throat surgery to help improve snoring and upper airway collapse in select patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

 

Also called: Expansion sphincter pharyngoplasty. Performed by Dr. Robson Capasso at Stanford University. Video edited by Stanford Sleep Surgery Fellow: Soroush Zaghi, MD.

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