A Less Painful Tonsillectomy

Any parent who has been through a traditional tonsillectomy with their child knows that the recovery can be excruciating. Sleepless nights due to extreme throat and ear pain, as well as loss of appetite for up to a week, are typical symptoms kids experience after the procedure.

Coblation-assisted tonsillectomy — an FDA approved procedure using low-temperature radiofrequency energy to remove unwanted tonsil tissue precisely and rapidly — can make a difference. Studies have found that children who undergo coblation tonsillectomies experience less postoperative pain, fewer complications and heal faster.
“It’s still painful, but much less so than conventional tonsillectomies,” said Dr. Alex Glickman, a board-certified ear, nose and throat specialist who performs the procedure at Hoboken University Medical Center. Dr. Glickman, who has performed more than 3,000 coblation tonsillectomies, says the surgery is faster, and so is recovery because the lower temperature helps to preserve healthy tissue surrounding the removed tonsil.
Tonsil removal is one of the most common surgical procedures for children and is frequently recommended to treat chronic throat infections and sleep apnea. To learn more, contact Dr. Glickman at his Hoboken practice at (201) 420-6300.


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