To deliver this energy we used the Somnoplasty
System (Somnus Medical Technologies, Inc., Bartlett, tN, USA) and the SP 1100 turbinate handpiece (40 mm-long needle electrode consisting of a distal 15-mm active portion and a proximal 25 mm insulated part) with thermocouples within the electrode to allow the surgeon feedback during treatment: this included tissue temperature, power used, and total energy delivered.
Doctors use radiofrequency energy to tighten the soft palate at the back of the throat.
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.
shows promise for reduction of tongue lymphatic malformations.
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.
RFTA is also known as "somnoplasty
." In this surgery, a needle-like electrode delivers heat of approximately 185[degrees]F to discrete areas in the soft palate.
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.