Somnoplasty: treatment of chronic snoring by radiofrequency of the soft palate

Somnoplastia: tratamiento del ronquido crónico mediante radiofrecuencia sobre el paladar

The study authors: A.N. Galindo Campillo, M. García Simal, M. Navarro Cunchillos, A. Toledano Muñoz.

Hospital Ruber Internacional. Madrid

Somnoplasty: treatment of chronic snoring by radiofrequency of the soft palate

The goal of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and the safety of tissue reduction of the palate by means of radiofrequency for the treatment of snoring.

Fifty-three patients were evaluated. Eight of them (15%) met criteria for mild OSAS. All of them underwent RF energy treatment with several ablation sites and the mean total energy administered was about 2500 J per treatment session. 40 patients (75%) underwent an additional RF treatment and the energy administered in the second session was the same as in the first one. We evaluated postoperative pain, snoring and the satisfaction of the patient and his enviroment. After a mean follow-up of 20 months no adverse effect was repported.


The effects of snoring


The success diminishes with time as happens other surgical procedures (UPPP or LAUP) but the absence of serious adverse side-effects and the minimal postoperative pain support the use of RF as an effective procedure for reducing snoring.



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A N Galindo Campillo, M Garcías Imal, M Navarro Cunchillos, A Toledano Muñoz, Somnoplastia: tratamiento del ronquido crónico mediante radiofrecuencia sobre el paladar, Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. 2003;54:686-92.


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Somnoplastia: tratamiento del ronquido crónico mediante radiofrecuencia sobre el paladar (A.N. Galindo Campillo, M. García Simal, M. Navarro Cunchillos, A. Toledano Muñoz) Español:
Somnoplastia: tratamiento del ronquido crónico mediante radiofrecuencia sobre el paladar
Hospital Ruber Internacional. Madrid