The phrase “Laser Tonsillectomy” has been used very liberally in describing a number of procedures. This glossary has been compiled to provide a resource and reference.
Laser tonsillectomy – taken at the literal meaning refers to the process of removing the tonsils using C02 lasers. This method is generally more favorable because it allows for increased precision in surgery and reduced bleeding compared to a traditional knife and scalpel tonsillectomy. The recovery time associated with laser tonsillectomy is significantly less than that of its counterpart.
Cryptolysis – a subset of the laser tonsillectomy procedure is a method that uses CO2 lasers to eliminate the surfaces of the tonsils. This procedure is typically conducted in 20 – 30 minutes. This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia. Cryptolysis addresses problems such as halitosis and tonsil stones that occur as a result of food and bacteria occurring in the tonsil crypts. Click here for more information about the Cryptolysis procedure.
Coblation Tonsillectomy – this method uses radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to remove tissue. RF is a form of energy like radio waves, but with a higher frequency. Coblation based surgical procedures use RF energy in a precise and controlled manner to remove affected tissue while causing very little harm to healthy tissue. For more information about Coblation Tonsillectomy click here.
Coblation Cryptolysis – a subset of the Coblation Tonsillectomy procedure. This method uses coblation technology to remove crypts from the tonsils. This method is used especially with addressing the underlying issues causing tonsil stones and halitosis. For more information about Coblation Cryptolysis click here.