Coblation Tonsillectomy

Mr Verma has lead on the introduction of coblation tonsillectomy in Leeds. He now routinely uses it in his NHS practise at the Leeds General Infirmary, and for his private patients at the Nuffield Leeds Hospital.

What is Coblation?

"C0-" 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 uses radiofrequency energy and saline to create a plasma field. The plasma field remains at a relatively low temperature as it precisely ablates the target tonsil tissue. The Coblation plasma field removes the tonsils tissue whilst minimising damage to the surrounding tissues. In a Coblation tonsillectomy a Coblation wand is used to remove the tonsils.

What are the Benefits of Coblation Tonsillectomy?

Less trauma to surrounding tissues and the much lower temperatures employed by Coblation when compared to conventional Cold Steel Tonsillectomy with Bipolar Diathermy (electrocoagulation) to control bleeding, means less post operative pain and a quicker recovery to normal activity.

Your Health, Your Choice, Your Surgeon

Otology (ears, including perforated ear drum repair, cholesteatoma, mastoid surgery, hearing loss and ossiculoplasty, discharging ears, laser stapedectomy for otosclerosis, ear microsuction for ear wax removal); Rhinology (nasal disorders including acute or chronic rhinitis and sinusitis, blocked nose, deviated septum, polyps and septal perforation); Sinus procedures (endoscopic sinus surgery/ FESS, balloon sinuplasty); Rhinoplasty (functional and cosmetic) and Facial Plastics/ skin lesions; Paediatric ENT (tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, grommets for glue ear, cautery for nosebleeds/ epistaxis, tongue tie, pinnaplasty); Neurotology (including tinnitus, dizziness/vertigo, acoustic neuroma, glomus tumours); Laryngology (including swallowing problems); Voice disorders (including vocal cord polyps/ nodules, laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)); Neck lumps; Salivary gland disorders (including submandibular stones or gland enlargement); Allergies; Snoring (Evaluation and advice, Uvuloplasty, UVPPP)

© Mr Sanjay Verma, The ENT clinic Leeds 2009