Tongue Channelling


Tongue channeling or coblation is a surgical procedure which aims to reduce the size of the tongue.


It is generally performed in patients with large tongues that can cause snoring, upper airway obstruction or sleep apnoea.

Preoperative Instructions

You will need to fast prior to the procedure as it is performed under general anaesthesia.


Tongue reduction or channelling is performed using a coblation “wand”. This applies energy through the tongue in various channels which leads to a reduction in size with time.

Tongue channelling may be performed on its own, or part of multi-level surgery to address snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.

Postoperative Instructions

You will be given pain relief medication in the hospital and upon your discharge. Drinking plenty of fluids will assist your recovery and prevent dehydration.

Follow Up

I will inform you when you need to see me following the procedure – please contact my rooms to schedule this appointment.