RF tonsillar ablation

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
Record ID 32000000864
Authors' objectives: This report aims to summarise the available evidence on radiofrequency tonsillar ablation for the treatment of tonsilitis.
Authors' recomendations: An ablation procedure based on application of a radiofrequency probe, known as Tonsillar Coblation(R) has been used in the treatment of tonsillitis. The heat generated by the RF probe causes the tonsil to shrink. The probe is placed in three to four locations in each tonsil and held in place for 10 - 15 seconds. It is claimed that within 10 weeks the tonsils will shrink up to 60 percent. Most patients are said to need only one treatment. Advantages are avoidance of bleeding and infection through surgery and rapid recovery. Local anaesthetic is used. Patients are discharged with a prescription for antibiotics and a mouthwash and can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure. Healing is completed within 12 weeks. This procedure has not been approved by the FDA and is regarded as experimental by insurers in the USA.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2000
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Tonsillitis
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
Contact Address: 1200, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3N4. Tel: +1 780 448 4881; Fax: +1 780 448 0018;
Contact Name: djuzwishin@ihe.ca
Contact Email: djuzwishin@ihe.ca
Copyright: Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR)
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