Tonsil and adenoid problems can greatly impact the developmental and social health of pediatric patients. Tonsils and adenoids are like lymph nodes and are located in the back of the throat and in the upper throat, respectively. When the tonsils and adenoids become infected (tonsillitis) or enlarged, nasal obstruction, as well as breathing, swallowing, and sleep disorders can occur. While it is important to seek ENT care for these conditions, the good news is that these problems are highly treatable using medical or surgical methods.
Treatment Of Tonsil And Adenoid Problems
Antibiotics are the standard initial treatment for most types of tonsillitis or adenoid infection. However, for pediatric patients who suffer from recurrent tonsillitis or deal with sleep-disordered breathing due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids, removal of the tonsils and adenoids is usually the best treatment option.
Historically, electrical cautery has been the most common method for the removal of tonsils and adenoids. However, this process burns the tissue at very high temperatures, effectively creating third-degree burns that must heal.
At CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, we exclusively use a Coblation® device, as opposed to using an electrocautery device or cold steel knife, to cut away the tissue. The advantages of Coblation include:
- Much less risk of bleeding and pain for the patient
- Patients tolerate fluids and food more quickly
- Recovery is faster
- Less risk of complications