somnoplasty


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somnoplasty

(som-nō'plas'tē),
A radiofrequency ablation procedure that can be used to treat sleep apnea. Radiofrequency energy is used to create lesions in the soft palate or base of tongue to reduce excessive tissue and open the airway.
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Somnoplasty Doctors use radiofrequency energy to tighten the soft palate at the back of the throat.
Somnoplasty shows promise for reduction of tongue lymphatic malformations.
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).
Somnoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces the soft tissue in the upper airway.
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.
Another new approach, somnoplasty, uses radiofrequency energy delivered by a small probe to reduce the turbinates.
Soft palate tissue also can be reduced by somnoplasty, which uses radio frequency waves to shrink and stiffen tissue, a procedure also appropriate for OSA.
A commonly used agent in injection somnoplasty is sotradecol.
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.
Somnoplasty 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.