Recent studies have determined that, while a tonsillectomy is a very safe procedure for a child, adults tend to have more complications and higher rates of post-operative infection. The surgery takes longer for adults, there is more interoperative bleeding, and healing takes longer. In fact, adults feel more pain than children just after surgery as well as a week post-op, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. If you are an adult in need of a tonsillectomy, whether to prevent recurring infections or to improve obstructive sleep apnea, a laser tonsil ablation may be a more appropriate choice for you.
How Is Laser Tonsil Ablation Performed?
During a regular tonsillectomy, the surgeon uses a scalpel to completely remove the tonsils. During a laser tonsil ablation, a laser is used to reduce the tonsil as much as possible by vaporizing the outer surface of the tonsils. The laser ablation is extremely effective and can make a significant difference in the amount of obstruction the tonsils may be causing as well as use the laser to remove infection. Because laser tonsil ablation is minimally invasive, the recovery time is usually shorter. Most patients can begin eating normal food after just a day or two.
How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candide for Laser Tonsil Ablation?
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or suffer with severe snoring, and your ENT has determined that your large tonsils are partially to blame for the condition, laser tonsil ablation may be the right treatment. Laser tonsil ablation is also appropriate for people who have chronic tonsil infections or tonsil stones.
If you are suffering from OSA or snoring and believe you may benefit from laser-assisted tonsil ablation, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience treating a variety of throat-related conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at 212-873-6036 to schedule an appointment today.