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Tonsillectomy happens to be the commonly performed surgery these days. Like any other surgical procedure this surgical procedure has also undergone tremendous technological changes. One such evolving change happens to be coblation tonsillectomy. Coblation technology is actually an offshoot of radiofrequency surgery. This technique involves passing radiofrequency energy through a conductive medium like isotonic sodium chloride or potassium chloride solution. This produces a plasma field which is composed of sodium and hydroxyl ions which ablates tissue. This tissue ablation takes place at (60-70° C) which is much lower than that achieved during other electro surgical techniques (400 – 600° C). This article attempts to discuss the use of this technology to perform tonsillectomy with special emphasis on sharing our experience with the system. This study involves critical appraisal of 25 coblation tonsillectomy surgeries performed at Stanley Medical college during the year 2013.
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Author(s): Balasubramanian Thiagarajan