New research states that radiofrequency energy technique is as effective as tonsillectomy surgery. Researchers investigated 167 children under 15 years old who had undergone radiofrequency surgery for symptoms of tonsillar hypertrophy, such as snoring, nocturnal sleep apnea, dysphagia, or speech impairment. The paper and its results were presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting and Oto Expo in San Diego.
The post-operative follow-up, done two to 26 months after surgery, showed no history of recurrent tonsillitis. Complete or definite improvement regarding the pre-operative symptoms of tonsillar hypertrophy was obtained in more than 91 percent of the children.
In the past, children with symptoms of tonsillar hypertrophy have usually been treated with tonsillectomy. Such surgery is a relatively common and safe procedure, but complications can include post-operative bleeding and infection. The radiofrequency-tonsillotomy method causes less pain and allows more rapid recovery.
MEDICA.de; Source: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery