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Archive November 2008 IX, No. 11

Your New Tonsillectomy Options

The latest methods reduce post-op pain and tissue damage by using less heat. Which is right for you?

Jay Klarsfeld, MD


Today's latest tonsillectomy treatment options employ various energy sources with the same goal in mind: to reduce the amount of heat involved and therefore cause less thermal injury to the surrounding tissue. Be it laser, microdebrider or cold ablation, each new method that has emerged over the past decade or so as an alternative to the traditional dissection methods comes with its own set of marketing claims, proponents, detractors and body of research showing that it's superior to all others. The truth is, in the hands of a capable and experienced surgeon, each can deliver positive results for our patients with minimal bleeding, tissue damage and post-op pain. The question for you then becomes, is it worth the investment?

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