Chicago's Trusted Surgeon for Tonsil Removal & Minimally Invasive Sleep Apnea Surgery
The tonsils are the two oval-shaped pads located on either side of the throat that stop viruses and bacteria from entering the throat and causing infections. These tissues can become swollen as a result of infection, which is a condition that’s known as tonsillitis.
A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils, often performed for patients with recurring episodes of tonsillitis that do not respond to treatments that are more traditional. This procedure may also be performed to treat enlarged tonsils that block breathing and put patients at risk for sleep apnea and difficulty eating.
The original tonsillectomy procedure is performed using electrocautery, which heats the tonsils to destroy tissue. New technology has allowed for the development of coblation tonsillectomy, which uses radio frequency energy rather than heat to remove the tonsils. This allows for a more precise removal with less damage to surrounding tissue.
Coblation tonsillectomy offers patients a faster recovery and less postoperative pain, as well as a reduced risk of complications. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Most patients are able to return home after just a few hours.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure that treats sleep apnea by removing excess tissue in the throat and, as a result, widening the airway. This allows air to move through the throat more easily when you breathe, effectively reducing the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea.
UPPP is recommended for patients with excess tissue in the nose, mouth, or throat that blocks the airways and causes breathing abnormalities during sleep. It can also be used after lifestyle changes and conservative treatment methods have failed. In addition to widening the airway, UPPP also aims to improve the movement of the soft palate and help the airway remain open during sleep.
During the UPPP procedure, tissue may be removed from the uvula, soft palate, and throat, depending on the location and severity of each patient's individual condition. If the tonsils and adenoids are still intact, they will also be removed during UPPP. Recovery usually takes about three weeks.
While this procedure is considered safe, it is not recommended as an initial treatment. Dr. Gary Wiesman will review your medical history with you, as well as answer any questions and address your concerns.