Comparison of classical, coblation, and combined adenoidectomy techniques in paediatric patients: a single-blind, prospective study

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European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00405-024-08617-w
  • Journal Name: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: Coblation, Combined adenoidectomy, Endoscopic adenoidectomy
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Background and objectives: Adenoidectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in pediatric otolaryngological practice. This prospective study compared three different adenoidectomy techniques' intra-operative and postoperative outcomes in pediatric patients. The techniques evaluated were classical (blind curettage), coblation, and a combined approach. Materials and methods: Ninety pediatric patients undergoing adenoidectomy were enrolled in the study. The patients were divided into three groups based on the technique used: Group A, classical adenoidectomy (blind curettage); Group B, coblation adenoidectomy and Group C, combined (blind curettage + coblation) adenoidectomy. The intra-operative time, degree of bleeding, and complications during and after the operations were recorded. Results: Group A had a significantly shorter operative time than the other groups. However, there was no significant difference in the mean operative time between Groups B and C. The mean amount of intra-operative bleeding differed significantly among the groups. Group B had significantly less bleeding than Group A or Group C. The amount of bleeding also differed significantly between Groups A and C. The postoperative pain scores did not differ significantly among the groups. While complications were infrequent in all groups, Group C did not exhibit a higher complication rate than Groups A and B. The absence of residual or recurrent adenoid tissue in any of the groups during long-term follow-up examinations highlights the effectiveness of all three adenoidectomy techniques in preventing adenoid regrowth. Conclusions: The combined approach, which was one of the techniques studied, demonstrated an intermediate profile in terms of operative time and intra-operative bleeding compared to the classical and coblation techniques. These findings suggest that this combined approach may be a feasible option for adenoidectomy in pediatric patients, considering its similar low incidence of postoperative complications.