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Surgery  for  Snoring  and Sleep Apnea

Surgical Options


· Excision surgery

·       Tonsillectomy

·       Adenoidectomy

·       Nasal Surgery

·       Palatal surgery

·       Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty



· Radiofrequency (RF) volumetric tissue reduction

·        Also called Somnoplasty

·        Uses radio frequency waves to remove excess tissue.

Surgery is often effective in the treatment of Snoring.


It is often  NOT OPTIMAL  treatment for Obstructive sleep Apnea.

A good article to read is Snoring Not Funny, Not Hopeless.  There is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) or Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP), that involves removing excess tissue from the throat. Take a look at this Canadian site for more information on snoring, sleep apnea and LAUP surgery. Uses

The newest surgery, approved by the FDA in July 1997 for treating snoring is called somnoplasty

What is Somnoplasty?

Somnoplasty, a revolutionary surgical procedure, was developed by Somnus Medical Technologies in Sunnydale, California.  FDA approved of this procedure in 1997 as a viable treatment for habitual snoring. Going by the specific technology used in this procedure, Somnoplasty is also referred to as radiofrequency (RF) volumetric tissue reduction of the palate.


Somnoplasty   ie  Radio Frequency Volumetric Tissue Reduction also called Radio Frequency tissue ablation is used not only to treat habitual snoring, but also chronic nasal congestion caused by enlarged turbinates.

What are the different tissues involved in Radio Frequency  Tissue Ablation?



Snoring is a result of several types of obstruction in the airway.


If  snoring is a result of excessive relaxation and vibration of the tissues at the back of the nose or throat RFTA  is done at the level of the soft palate by shrinking and stiffening the tissues of this area.









If snoring is caused by enlarged turbinates, then RFTA may be used to treat chronic nasal congestion and the turbinates are the prime focus of the operation. This significantly reduces the volume of the obstructing turbinates.

RF Soft Palate or  Inferior turbinate Treatment is a quick office procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes. Patients typically return home shortly after the procedure and can experience noticeable snoring improvement or breathing improvement  within three to six weeks.


Radio frequency procedures  have the following clinical advantages:

· Significant post-op improvement in Epworth Sleepiness Scales at both the 3 and 9.5 month postoperative visits

· Significant reduction in snoring reported by both the patient and bed partner at the 3 and 9.5 month post-operative visits1

· Minimal patient discomfort

· Continual symptomatic improvement over time due to tissue shrinkage

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RFTA ( Somnoplasty) is an effective Rx for Nasal Congestion

How does Radio Frequency Tissue Ablation work ?


Essentially, RFTA  procedure uses low levels of radiofrequency thermal energy on the relevant sections of the uvula ,the soft palate , tongue  or the nasal mucosa with the aim of freeing the air passage of any obstruction.


Depending on the nature of the obstruction, the tongue, throat soft palate or the nasal mucosa could be pierced with a sterilized, disposable needle, called the electrode. This is further connected to a low-intensity radiofrequency heat generator. The concerned tissues are heated with the help of the electrode, to a temperature between 158 and 176 degrees


The heat energy creates very small burn areas in the sections where it has been applied. However, over 4 to 6 weeks these get re-absorbed by the body. This in effect, reduces the volume of tissues, as well as renders them stiff, so that snoring is substantially reduced or eliminated.


While the burning causes the inner tissues attached to the concerned obstructive muscle to shrink, the tissues located on the outside (and may contain taste buds, etc) are left untouched.

How long does it take for RFTA to be completed?


This simple and non-invasive surgical intervention uses only local anesthesia and is done at the doctors’ office.


While one session of somnoplasty may take less than 30 minutes, you may need more than one session, depending on the severity of snoring, to get the desired results.


The second session is usually arranged after 6 to 8 weeks of the first procedure.


There is one snoring surgery that is least invasive and almost painless.



Many names... same procedure


· Somnoplasty


· Radio frequency volumetric      tissue reduction  or RFTVR


· Radio frequency tissue ablation or RFTA,

Will RFTA cause me any pain?


No matter what kind of surgery you opt for, it is bound to involve some amount of pain and risks.


So  a  local anaesthetic is required


Unlike other surgical procedures though, RFTA is relatively less painful, though there will be some minor swelling and an uncomfortable feeling immediately after the procedure.


Complications  of  RFTA


The RFTA procedure is quite similar to any outpatient surgical intervention. A few of the most common RFTA complications include bleeding, infection, and sore throat.. .

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