Snoring treatment

Today snoring is widely analysed as a factor that may result in a decrease in the quality of life of the affected person and his or her family or close people. In most cases, snoring or cessation of breath during sleep is embarrassing not only to the snorer, but also to his or her bed partner, spouse, etc. who urge the affected person to seek help. There is a wealth of articles in the literature addressing risks to health and life that may be caused by snoring. A health-threatening obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) may be suspected if the affected person has restless sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficult concentrating, overweight. Such a patient should be examined, his/her diagnosis should be confirmed and, where necessary, further treatment (surgical or non-surgical) should be administered. Snoring and OSAS is diagnosed and treated by an ENT doctor together with other medical professionals. When the OSAS is determined to patients with overweight, the first step towards recovery is weight normalisation. Then the patient helps not only himself/herself, but also opens more opportunities for therapeutic alternatives.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

 

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a procedure that removes palatine tonsils UPFP 1
UPFP 2 Then some portions of the palatine uvula are removed
along with removal of excess tissue from the remaining portion of the uvula and the upper surface of the soft palate. This way “a patch” is formed from the uvula and soft palate UPFP 3
UPFP 4 which is transposed and fixed to the soft palate using dissolvable (absorbable) stitches. As a result, a higher soft palate is formed and fixed producing an increased area behind the soft palate with removed airway obstruction. In order to fix the side walls of the pharynx, the surgery is finished by sewing together the anterior and posterior arches of the palate.

 

After an uvulopalatopharyngoplastic surgery the patients should avoid excessive physical load and follow a special diet for one week so that to avoid possible irritation of post-surgical wounds. Pharyngeal pains of medium intensity, which are frequently felt after the uvulopalatopharyngoplastic surgery for about one week, are effectively suppressed by analgesics. Results of the surgery can be seen after complete wound healing and disappearance of the palatal swelling. 

 

Radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency thermal ablation therapy involves puncturing knarkimass
knarkimas in the soft palate 
or the root of the tongue using a needle electrode RDTA_liezuvio saknis

The mentioned areas are treated applying radiofrequency thermal energy. This produces a fibrous scar tissue which stiffens and reduces the volume of these anatomic areas. As the area behind the soft palate or the root of the tongue is increased, there is no airway obstruction and snoring or breathing pauses during sleep are stopped. 

Patients may feel mild pains in the throat after the radiofrequency thermal ablation surgery, but the pain is completely controlled using analgesics. Results of the surgery can be seen after 6-8 weeks when the fibrous scar is fully composed in the areas of electrode punctures.

Price: 380-880 EUR GBP
Surgery price does not include anaesthesia, postoperative care.