Tonsil stones (Tonsiloliths) are yellowish- cheesy debris that are lodged in the tonsil pockets(crypts). They may cause throat irritation, bad breath (Halitosis), gagging and may require the individual to remove them digitally, by toothpick / toothbrush, Q- tips or even by tweezers.
The management includes daily saline gargles. In severe refractory situations, a surgical tonsillectomy which involves the complete removal of the tonsils and their capsule under general anesthesia may be required. In an adult, this operation can be subject to complications (bleeding, general anesthesia risks) prolonged sore throat and recovery along with missing work.
We offer in our office the LASER TONSIL CRYPTOLYSIS under local anesthesia. This procedure is not a surgical tonsillectomy. It involves the ablation and resurfacing of the tonsillar crypts by the CO2 Laser using a swiftlase that does not Charr the tissue; the rest of the tonsil tissue is left intact. It results in the prevention of the stones from re-collecting in those pockets. The advantages of the LTC is that it is safe, effective with high satisfaction rate. There is literally no bleeding nor anesthetic risks. Sore throat is much less than the surgical procedure and the patient may go back to work the next day or two. It may require more than one session.
A consultation with Dr. Korkis for complete assessment is first required. Please note that the LTC is not effective in every case, it is only considered in the carefully selected patients.