Mrs H, mother of a five year old son who underwent Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea and tonsillitis in January 2018.
Dear Dr Tweedie,
Just wanted to let you know that our son is doing very well following his surgery last Thursday. His sleeping has been completely transformed and he is silent and still at night - we are utterly amazed and delighted. He was back to school on Wednesday (after six days) and there has been minimal pain. His smelly breath has almost gone! He took his certificate from the hospital into Show and Tell today.
Thank you again for all your help and care throughout this process. We are very grateful.
Mrs M, mother of a four year old son who underwent Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea and tonsillitis in July 2016.
Dear Mr Tweedie,
Our son has his tonsils/adenoids out... He has made a full recovery and is now a totally different child, sleeping perfectly from day 1 and eating twice as much as before! He's so much happier and chattier with loads of energy and enthusiasm for nursery that was missing before. He's even started to ask to learn to read, something I wouldn't have tried before! I really can't thank you enough.
If we don't see you again, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your excellent care and advice.
Mrs D, mother of a three year old son who underwent Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea and tonsillitis in June 2015.
Our son has recovered now and is sleeping beautifully. We really appreciate you fitting him in quickly, it really has transformed him and us! The healing was exactly as you said, and the breathing took a week and a bit to completely re-programme and for nasal secretions to go, just as you said. So now he just goes to sleep, no sound at all, hardly any movement in bed, no sweating/crying/gasping/racing heart rate etc just sleep!! It's wonderful, can't thank you and your kind team enough.
Mrs S, mother of a two year old son who underwent Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea and tonsillitis in May 2015.
'Our 2 1/2 year old son had been having 'blue' cyanotic episodes since he was about six week old, which, after investigations was believed to be 'OSA' Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and we were advised by local paediatric consultants that his symptoms should be relieved by having his tonsils and adenoids removed. As our son was so young we were referred to Daniel Tweedie at the Evelina Hospital.
When we arrived in clinic, we were warmly welcomed by Mr Tweedie and he immediately made my son at ease with his caring demeanour. I felt confident that Mr Tweedie understood our concerns and had our son's best interests in hand, and when he recommended a new, less invasive procedure to remove the tonsils and adenoids, I trusted his judgement. However when Mr Tweedie talked about 'rapid recovery', if I'm honest, did not really believe him, as we had been through the [traditional tonsillectomy] operation with my four year old daughter 20 months prior, so were embraced for a similar two weeks after the operation, (where she spent three days in hospital on morphine and with some light bleeding, and a further four days in bed at home with regular pain relief, followed by a further week not leaving the house in case of infection).
It is at this point, that I cannot emphasise how different our experience has been with our son. (I fully appreciate we were seen in a different hospital under a different consultant) however, after an hour of having had the Coblation intracapsular tonisllectomy and adenoidectomy, our son was eating yoghurt & toast and drinking as normal. In fact as soon as we arrived home, he was outside on his swingset and tree house, playing and climbing as usual. We even had aunties and uncles sending cards and gifts for him, we received a package from cousins in the US, but felt like a complete fraudsters, as you would honestly not know he had, had an operation.
I am truly amazed at the speed in which he has recovered and so grateful for the care he received. Just four days after his operation, the whole family has slept through the night (for the first time in five years), our son has stopped snoring, his complexion has changed from grey to peach and he already seems so much happier and less fatigued through the day.
I cannot recommend this procedure enough, having had personal experience with both the traditional adenotonsillectomy and now the Coblation intracapsular tonsilectomy.
We would also like to highly recommend Mr Tweedie, in fact, have a number of friends who would be grateful for him to have a clinic in Kent!'
Mrs S, mother of a three year old daughter who underwent Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea and tonsillitis in September 2014 at Evelina London Children's Hospital.
Our 3 year old daughter suffered terribly with recurrent acute tonsillitis, snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea which was making her chronically fatigued and miserable. Myself and my partner are both in the medical profession and were aware how much down time and discomfort a tonsillectomy can cause but we really felt there was no other option. We were delighted when seeing Mr Tweedie to learn of this new and less invasive procedure and after a thorough explanation of both procedures we decided that our daughter's best option was the Coblation procedure, and we couldn’t be more happy with the results.
Our daughter on waking did not complain of any discomfort, just of hunger, she ate a huge lunch and was ready to go home in 4 hours- literally skipping down the road. She required paracetamol once the next day but otherwise she appeared back to normal. She was back at nursery 3 days later- she could have been back sooner but it was a weekend. She no longer snores, gets excellent quality sleep and has had no further episodes of tonsillitis. She couldn’t have improved more. I haven’t stopped raving about it to my colleagues.
I would not hesitate in recommending this procedure but more importantly Daniel Tweedie. He was kind considerate and above all seemed passionate about his job and giving his patients the highest standard of care.
Mr A, 19 years old. Underwent Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis and tonsil stones (November 2013)- comments on the day after surgery.
I'm elated that I went ahead with this procedure. I'd absolutely love to leave a testimonial on your website. I think it's a shame that there are other Tonsillolith sufferers who may feel the old fashioned method of tonsillectomy is the only way to go. I couldn't imagine dealing with the unpleasant postoperative pain if there's a much less painful alternative. Thank you for all you've done. You've been - without a shadow of a doubt - one of the kindest, most thoughtful and pleasant doctors I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. All the best!
Mr A comments about his recovery 5 months after surgery (March 2014).
I was recently thinking how happy I am with the surgery. A month or two after the surgery, my breath was much better than it had been, but it wasn't perfect. However, now, my breath is fine. No throat issues or discomfort, and I haven't had a tonsil stone since the operation. Very pleased! Everything is back to how it was before I ever had tonsil stones, so that's brilliant. I haven't had tonsillitis either, which is good.
Mrs B, mother of a four year old son who underwent Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea in May 2013 at Evelina London Children's Hospital. Comments after 6 months.
The operation seemed to be absolutely wonderful. I had spoken to two friends whose children had had similar operations and they told me to be ready for a rough recovery period ie big dips in energy on day 3 and 7, bleeds, pain etc. I had none of this.
[My son] was eating within an hour of the operation (pizza and chips, I think!), he was groggy but within a few hours was slowly getting back on form. On advice from the doctors, we deemed it ok for him to go home that evening, by the time we got home he was so happy and even ran around a bit once out of the car. He slept peacefully that night (there was minimal snoring). By the next night he was not snoring at all and has not since.
He was on ibuprofen for 3 days and paracetamol for 5 days, but I think I could have stopped this at 3 days as well and just given if he needed it.
Without a doubt in the world, I would recommend this procedure to anyone. I guess the biggest gauge being that he did not have these dips in the days after which everyone had mentioned.
Mrs P, mother of a six year old son who underwent Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea and correction of ear abnormalities in December 2013 at Evelina London Children's Hospital. Comments after 3 months
[My son] slept well on the day of surgery...and after 4 hours we were discharged. His appetite [was] good, eating all normal meals and having crunchy foods like toast and crisps, which will hopefully help heal his throat more quickly.
His ears are just great - he's had no ear infections and therefore no antibiotics, which has been a real break after 4 years. We are eternally grateful for the great job you did on that and the tonsils and adenoids.
His behaviour has been improving and he remains top of his year.
Mother of a four year old daughter who underwent Coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at Evelina London Children's Hospital: comments on The East Dulwich Forum
Where are you having it done? My 6 year old daughter had the op (plus grommets) at Evelina children's hospital (part of St Thomas) at the end of October, and she just had her follow up appt today. The consultant in charge of ENT there is trialling a new technique which has a much better recovery time/less pain/ less risk of bleeding than a traditional tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy. My daughter had the new technique and was pretty much back to normal 2 days later - she had painkillers for 4 days and was back to school a week later - I was astounded by how quickly she recovered.
I was so impressed by the care of Daniel Tweedie and his team and was astonished by the speed of my daughter's recovery.