'Co-' stands for 'controlled' and '-blation' is derived from the word 'ablation,' which is the process of reducing the size of something; when the sun melts an iceberg, the process is called, 'ablation.' COBLATION technology combines radiofrequency energy and saline to create a plasma field. The plasma field remains at a relatively low temperature as it precisely ablates targeted turbinate tissue. The COBLATION plasma field removes target tissue while minimizing damage to surrounding areas.*
A COBLATION turbinate reduction is the use of a COBLATION wand to reduce the size of an enlarged nasal turbinates.
Surgeons and patients alike have long desired a better way to reduce the size of swollen nasal turbinates. Because the turbinates are located in the nasal passages, removing them with manual or mechanical instruments can cause excessive bleeding and longer healing times. COBLATION technology offers an alternative with built-in hemostasis.*
COBLATION technology precisely removes tissue by dissolving the turbinate tissue at the molecular level.
COBLATION technology combines low-temperature radiofrequency energy with saline to create a plasma field. This plasma field is contained at the tip of the device and dissolves tissues molecule by molecule, resulting in a precise dissection of targeted tissue. The COBLATION process both ablates tissue immediately and allows the tissue to continue to retract postoperatively.*
* Leong, S.C., et al., "COBLATION◊ inferior turbinate reduction: a long-term follow-up with subjective and objective assessment", Rhinology, Vol 48 No 1:108-12 March, 2010 - accessed August 8, 2017
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