Atlanta Tonsillectomy Treatment

Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsillar tissue in the throat. Enlarged tonsils can be a major contributor to airway obstruction leading to snoring and sleep apnea. Removing the tonsils can also provide relief for patients with chronically infected tonsils and tonsil stones. A tonsillectomy is typically considered if a tonsillar reduction procedure will not be effective for improving symptoms.

How does a tonsillectomy work?

Depending on a patient’s condition, Atlanta Snoring Institute’s ear, nose, and throat doctors may be able to remove tonsillar tissue using radio frequency (RF) or Harmonic technology, rather than a conventional scalpel or electrocautery. Tonsillectomy surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center or hospital. It involves the surgeon carefully removing the tonsils from the back of the throat. Sometimes, it is performed in conjunction with adenoid removal in a procedure called adenotonsillectomy.

What is a radio frequency (or Harmonic) tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy performed using RF or Harmonic technology is a gentler way to remove the tonsils. This innovative surgery results in less pain and faster recovery for patients. The technology removes, or ablates, tonsil tissue with little harm to surrounding healthy tissue. Radio frequency and Harmonic technology is not a heat-driven process, therefore it does not burn healthy tissue like conventional electrosurgery and laser surgery. It combines bipolar radio frequency energy, or Harmonic vibrational energy, to gently and precisely remove tissue leading to a fast and easier recovery. Radio frequency technology and Harmonic technology have been used in more than 4 million surgeries, including more than 500,000 ear, nose and throat surgeries.

What are the advantages of a radio frequency (or Harmonic) tonsillectomy?

  • Patients report a better overall experience with a radio frequency tonsillectomy after surgery, when compared to traditional surgery.
  • Calls and visits to the doctor due to problems after surgery are significantly reduced with radio frequency or Harmonic tonsillectomy.
  • On average, patients return to a normal diet in 2-4 days after the procedure, versus 7-6 days after an electrocautery tonsillectomy procedure.
  • Less post-operative pain and use of pain medications after the procedure.
  • Procedure permanently enlarges breathing passage to increase airflow and prevent obstruction.
  • Patients have decreased frequency of ear, nose and throat illnesses.


What results can I expect from a radio frequency (or Harmonic) tonsillectomy?

While many patients notice significant improvements in snoring and sleep apnea symptoms within several weeks of having the tonsillectomy surgery, the full benefit will usually be realized over the course of several months. In addition, many patients report less ear, nose and throat-related illnesses following the procedure.


If your tonsils are a problem contributing to snoring, sleep apnea, or just your general overall health, take the first step towards a better night’s sleep and a healthier lifestyle. Make an appointment at Atlanta Snoring Institute for an evaluation today.

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