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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-15

Coblation Versus Cold Steel Dissection Tonsillectomy

1 Consultant and Head of the Department, E.N.T. Department, Dubai Hospital, United Arab Emirates
2 Senior Specialist Registrar, E.N.T. Department, Dubai Hospital, United Arab Emirates
3 Specialist Registrar, E.N.T. Department, Dubai Hospital, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence Address:
Hussein Abdul Rehman Facharzt
Consultant and Head of ENT Department, Dubai Hospital, P O Box 7272, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-8491.275319

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Objectives: To evaluate the benefits of coblation against blunt dissection (cold steel) tonsillectomy with bipolar diathermy haemostasis. Comparison was done regarding postoperative bleeding, pain and healing of tonsillar fossae. Materials and Methods: In this prospective study, a comparison between 100 coblation tonsillectomies with 100 blunt dissection tonsillectomies was done. Results: Favorable outcome was demonstrated regarding the postoperative pain and healing of tonsillar fossae with no significant changes noted in the postoperative bleeding rate when using the coblation technique. Conclusion: Coblation tonsillectomy is a safe procedure with less postoperative pain and better healing of tonsillar fossae than blunt dissection tonsil- lectomy but the cost of the disposable hand pieces should be considered.

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