One of the most common surgeries performed on children is being done with less pain and a faster recovery.
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Host: Mason keeps his mom on the run, but it wasn’t always that way. Mason was diagnosed with failure to thrive; kids with the disorder can’t take calories needed for weight gain and growth. At eight months he had to rely on a feeding tube to eat. Doctor Mitchell Austin: So that’s the active head right there. Host: Mason grew healthier but the feeding tube damage to his tonsils. Doctor Mitchell Austin decided to take them out using a new device that cuts with ions. Doctor Mitchell Austin: The ions create a heat at a very localize fix point. Host: The tool generates four times less heat than traditional cutting devices leaving a smaller scar on the throat. Doctor Mitchell Austin: Lesser depth of burn versus a deeper burn. Host: Just a few millimeters less damage can cut recovery time and half. Doctor Mitchell Austin: They are eating in a week instead of two weeks. They are taking probably maybe five or seven days less of strong pain narcotic medications and there moms feel better that there child is in less pain requiring less pay medicine. Host: Mason was eating 24 hours after the operation. Carla McRae: You would not look at him and though we have surgery the day before. Host: And just two weeks post-op his back to being a typical two year old. Hopefully a sign his troubles or behind him, I’m Melissa reporting.