Coblation Tonsillectomy: Solving Breathing And Swallowing Problems For Young Patients

Jonah Breedan

When Jonah Breedan was two years old, his parents noticed that he started to breathe through his mouth.. He also began to lightly snore when sleeping, and woke up frequently during the night. His pediatrician monitored Jonah’s condition for three years until his tonsils and adenoids became visibly enlarged and started to actually interfere with Jonah’s eating and his breathing. At that point, he was referred to CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat.

At his first visit to our office, Jonah’s mother outlined his breathing and sleeping issues, and said he often choked while eating. Given the chronic and progressive problems with infection and airway compromise, we recommended removal of Jonah’s tonsils and adenoids.

A Faster Recovery

Since their four older children previously had their tonsils and adenoids removed, the Breedans were pleasantly surprised to learn that the Coblation tonsillectomy procedure would be less painful and result in a faster recovery for their youngest son. CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was one of the first practices in the region to perform this procedure in 2001 and pioneered its use as the new standard of care for tonsillectomy in the Charlotte area.

Coblation is a radiofrequency technique that involves lower temperatures and therefore avoids creating a third degree burn in the throat like more traditional techniques do. This results in reduced length of postoperative pain and narcotic treatment, faster return to a regular diet, less damage to healthy surrounding tissue, and reduced incidence of postoperative bleeding, nausea and throat swelling.

“Jonah was eating within 24 hours of his surgery. Recovery time for our other boys took 7 to 14 days” said Mrs. Breedan. Since the procedure, Jonah is sleeping much more soundly and he no longer feels like there is something always stuck in his throat.

Despite Coblation’s long, proven track record of improving post-op recovery with decreased pain and complications, many ENT surgeons still are reluctant to convert to the new technology. All CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat physicians utilize Coblation to maximize the quality of care for our patients.

William A. McClelland, MD, FACS - Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT)
About the Author
Otolaryngologist (ENT) at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA
Dr. McClelland is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT) as well as the Founding Partner of CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA. His particular clinical interest is minimally invasive sinus surgery.

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