Questions about laser tonsil reduction and coblation tonsillectomy
To begin with a background , I have had problems with my one of my tonsils for close to five years. It is cryptic and sometimes I get tonsil stones in it. Also, it burns and it is quite sore at time where the crypts are at. I initially saw my GP and he suggested to leave the tonsils alone. After my problem persisited, I saw an ENT and was told to leave well enough alone because a tonsillectomy is so painful. Now, after another year of my tonsil bothering me; I saw a different ENT.The second ENT I visited gave me three options: 1. Do nothing 2. Have the tonsils reduced using a laser 3. Have the tonsils completely removed through the coblation method
The question I have is what was the experience of options two or three. While discussing options two or three with my ENT, the following information was given to me
Tonsil reduction using a laser - The procedure is done in the office and the tonsils are numbed and the laser is used to reduce them. I was told that they could be nearly completely reduced and that the risk of bleeding is non-existent. Also, I was told that recovery time is three days including the surgery day and that this would probably cure my problem but there is no guarantee that it will be 100% effective.
Coblation Tonsillectomy - Surgery is done in the hospital under general anesthetic. I was told that there is a risk of bleeding but the tonsil would be removed completelty and that problem without question would be fixed. I was told that recovery time would be ten days but the level of pain I experience could be mild to severe.
So, I would just like to know if anyone has had either of these methods performed and what kind of results they had. Any input would be appreciated.