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Long-term results of laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty for snoring.
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PMID:  11779305     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We present the ongoing results of the series of 53 consecutive patients who underwent laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) for snoring at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. Twenty-nine patients (55 per cent) were completely satisfied with their surgery 18 to 24 months following LAUP when previously questioned via telephone questionnaire. We have followed up the 29 patients with a previously successful result at between 70 and 79 months following surgery. They underwent an average of 1.6 procedures. Twelve patients (22 per cent) continue to be completely satisfied at this late stage, and a further 12 (22 per cent) have some ongoing improvement in their snoring. Only three patients have indicated that a previously successful result has failed since the previous survey. The failure rate of LAUP in the treatment of snoring is seen predominantly in the first two years following surgery, but some long-term subjective recurrence of snoring does occur.
H R Sharp; D B Mitchell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  115     ISSN:  0022-2151     ISO Abbreviation:  J Laryngol Otol     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-07     Completed Date:  2002-01-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  897-900     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury, Kent, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Laser Therapy*
Middle Aged
Pain, Postoperative
Palate / surgery*
Patient Satisfaction
Snoring / surgery*
Treatment Outcome
Uvula / surgery*

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