Examples would include Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) - a procedure to increase the width of the oropharynx, while somnoplasty
aims to reduce the redundant tissue of the soft palette.
One of the most effective is the somnoplasty
technique I use," says Mr Rowe-Jones.
Surgeries included uvulopalotopharyngoplasty (tightened the flabby tissues in the throat), Somnoplasty
(used radio frequency energy to shrink excess tissue), hyoid advancement (surgery to pull the tongue forward), tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils and adenoids), and turbinate surgery (surgery to reduce the resistance to the flow of air through the nose).
Radio frequency somnoplasty
, a procedure is similar to LAUP and UPPP, but uses sound waves applied through a needle to heat the targeted tissue; this damages the tissue and eventually leads to scarring and shrinkage of the treated areas.
A commonly used agent in injection somnoplasty
The long-term effects of the various upper airway tissue reduction procedures such as somnoplasty
and laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngeoplasty have yet to be proven beneficial.
is another surgical method which involves using radio-frequency to shrink the soft palate area, though it is still not widely used because the chances of having repeat treatments are considered to be quite high.
The SP 1010 and SP 1100 Somnoplasty
devices from Somnus Medical Technologies, Sunnyvale, CA, use an electrode to emit low-power, low-temperature radio frequency energy that shrinks tissue in the mouth and nose to treat snoring and nasal obstruction.
, pioneered at Stanford, is designed to treat sleep apnea, which doctors consider the most dangerous form of sleep disorder.
procedure for obstructive sleep apnea, which is performed under local anesthesia, treats sleep apnea by shrinking soft tissue in the upper airway including the base of tongue, the source of obstruction that is most difficult to treat.
selected Radel R polyphenylsulfone for components of a new somnoplasty
instrument that features minimally invasive therapy for habitual snoring and other airway disturbances.
Tonsil-reduction using the Somnoplasty
system provides an effective alternative treatment option in selected groups of patients, eliminating the need for general anaesthesia and decreasing the potential risks associated with traditional surgery.