To reduce the intensity of snoring.
This is a new, elective, in-office procedure used to treat patients with
snoring. The palate is anesthetized with Cetacaine Spray.
Sometimes Xylocaine injection is also required. The palate is then
injected with a sclerotherapy agent that will cause stiffening of the palate
over the ensuing weeks. Additional treatment sessions may be
What to expect:
Snoring should gradually improve over the next 6-8 weeks. Mild to
moderate pain lasting 3 to 5 days is expected. The patient may also feel
a sensation as if something were stuck in the palate. An area of
ulceration may develop at the injection site. This will heal over
time and should not be of any permanent consequence.
A pilot study out of the Department of Otolaryngology at Walter Reed Army
Medical Center reports that, of 27 patients who underwent this procedure, all
received benefit from the therapy. Snoring was completely gone or "no
longer a problem" in 92% of patients. Only two patients felt that the
treatment was not successful despite repeated injections. Long-term
follow up data is not available yet; but of those patients who reported a
successful outcome, all remained free of snoring at 1 year
after the procedure.
No significant long term complications were reported in the study.
Ulceration at the injection site was seen in 6 patients. All 6 patients
healed well with excellent results with respect to snoring. As with many
other throat surgeries, bleeding, infection, permanent difficulty in
swallowing, prolonged pain, voice change and/or other unforeseen complications
are possible; but none of these problems has been reported as a complication
of this treatment.
Please review the above information and discuss further with Dr.
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