Laser tonsillectomy (Laser Tonsil Ablation) is a cutting-edge procedure to reduce the size of the tonsils without surgery. Rather than endure the severe pain associated with traditional surgery, many patients can now choose to treat their tonsils comfortably and conveniently in the office, using state of the art laser treatment.
Laser tonsillectomy is utilized for the treatment of chronically infected tonsils, “tonsil stones” (tonsiloliths) and enlarged tonsils, a common cause of snoring and sleep apnea.
How Does Laser Tonsillectomy Work?
Instead of traditional operations to remove the tonsils, this procedure vaporizes the outer surface of the tonsils, reducing their size and eliminating infection—all without ever visiting the hospital.
The procedure takes less than an hour and is performed in our office using only local anesthesia–allowing patients to return to their normal activities the next day.
Advantages of Laser Tonsillectomy
- Faster recovery
- Performed in the office instead of the operating room
- No general anesthesia
- Patients can drive themselves home
- Return to work the next day
Laser Tonsillectomy Treats:
- Chronic tonsillitis
- Recurring tonsillitis
- Tonsiloliths (tonsil stones)
- Snoring and sleep apnea related to enlarged tonsils
What is the difference in recovery time between a traditional tonsillectomy and a laser tonsillectomy?
A traditional tonsillectomy removes the tonsils entirely, along with some of the muscle tissue of the throat, which is why recovery takes more time vs. a laser tonsillectomy. A severe sore throat as well as ear, jaw, and neck pain are common the first two weeks after surgery. In contrast, most patients return to a normal diet and activities immediately after laser tonsillectomy.
Who is the ideal candidate for a laser tonsillectomy?
Patients who do best with laser tonsillectomies are adults with little or no gag reflexes, have tonsils that are easy to see, and have no other health concerns.
How long is recovery time after a laser tonsillectomy?
Most patients drive themselves home immediately following the procedure and get right back to a normal diet and normal activities the next day.
What should I do to prepare myself for a laser tonsillectomy?
A week before any surgical procedure, it’s a good idea to stop taking any anti inflammatory drugs, including aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen.