Doctors believe that tonsils and adenoids have a hand in helping the body fight infections. A common problem children face is enlargement of these organs.
Even though most cases of adenoid and tonsil enlargement subside naturally after a few days, in some instances of the disorder, severe symptoms may force you to seek treatment for your child. Here is a look at some complications from an enlarged adenoid and tonsils.
• Hearing loss and chronic infection in the ear is a common complication. This occurs when the enlarged lymph tissue blocks fluid transfer in the ear.
• Sinus infections that recur over time
• Sleep apnoea is a common side effect of adenoid and tonsil disorders. This leads to difficulty in breathing while your child sleeps.
• Weight loss is an indirect consequence of enlargement in these lymph tissues. Your child may not be able to eat properly due to the pain experience while swallowing
In case of severe complications, doctors will recommend getting the adenoid and tonsils removed from your child’s body. Coblation is the best option in such a case.
What is coblation surgery?
Coblation stands for controlled ablation. It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where an electrical handpiece is used to ‘burn’ the affected tissue in the throat of children. Extremely low temperatures rectify the problem by ‘burning’ the affected tissue. When the coblation method is used to remove both the tonsil and the adenoid lymph tissues, the procedure is known as Coblation Adenotonsillectomy.
The coblation method has replaced the older method where metallic surgery instruments were used for the removal of these tissues. Such crude methods often resulted in post-operative complications, especially in children.
Here are some benefits of Coblation Adenotonsillectomy:
• Less bleeding during the surgical procedure, limiting dangers to the child’s health
• Less pain and discomfort post the surgery for the child, which leads to faster recovery
• Decreased risk of haemorrhage post-surgery
Consult an ENT specialist to know more about Coblation Adenotonsillectomy. They will be able to clarify any doubts you have regarding your child’s safety during the procedure as well.