Laser tonsil ablation
Laser ablation of the tonsils (laser cryptolysis) is performed under a local anesthetic and is an outpatient procedure. It is an alternative technique to removal of the tonsils under general anesthesia. Laser cryptolysis or tonsillotomy can effectively ablate (vaporize) up to 80 percent of the tonsillar tissue. It is usually done for patients who have decided not to have a conventional tonsillectomy (tonsil removal), or are unable to have a general anesthetic for medical reasons.
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