Adenoid hypertrophy is unusual growth of the lymphatic tissue in the oropharynx known as the adenoid pad. Enlargement can...
Evolution of Coblation
Coblation stands for controlled ablation. The technology uses radiofrequency in combination with low temperatures to “ablate” tissues, commonly using a saline rinse to wash away ablated tissues. The temperature of coblation instruments ranges from 60 to 70 degrees Celsius, whereas electrocautery instruments may exceed 400 degrees Celsius. It has been proposed that this method causes less bleeding and postoperative pain than cold steel excision, and electrocautery, respectively. Coblation is also commonly used as a method for tonsillectomy.
The Coblator II tool uses coblation technology, and can be applied to many areas in ENT surgery. It is particularly useful when minimizing thermal effect on surrounding tissue is desired. The wand allows the surgeon fine control over the are that is ablated, resected, and coagulated. A foot pedal connected to the wand allows the surgeon to choose between coagulating and ablating in any given area.