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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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 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.
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.
Somnoplasty, pioneered at Stanford, is designed to treat sleep apnea, which doctors consider the most dangerous form of sleep disorder.
The Somnoplasty 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.