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Medium-term outcome of palatal surgery for snoring using the Somnus unit.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11827584     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to retrospectively survey patients who had undergone radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate for snoring complaints. Fifty-nine patients who had undergone radiofrequency ablation were sent an anonymous questionnaire to assess snoring (using visual analogue scales), pain and satisfaction with the procedure. Sixty-one per cent of the group returned the questionnaire. The mean time since operation was 17.5 months. Taking an improvement in snoring of 50 per cent or greater as a successful operation, snoring improvement occurred in 22 per cent. Post-operative pain was minimal with a median pain score of zero. Information was requested on whether the patient would undergo this procedure again, 50 per cent responded that they would and 44 per cent would advise a friend in the same situation to have this procedure. Radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate, as in other forms of surgery for snoring, seems to have a relapse rate over the long-term.
M I Trotter; A R D'Souza; D W Morgan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  116     ISSN:  0022-2151     ISO Abbreviation:  J Laryngol Otol     Publication Date:  2002 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-05     Completed Date:  2002-04-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  116-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Catheter Ablation / methods*
Pain Measurement
Pain, Postoperative / etiology
Palate, Soft / surgery*
Patient Satisfaction
Retrospective Studies
Snoring / surgery*
Treatment Outcome

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