versus LAUP for the treatment of snoring.
MB, Dahan S, Wagner I, De Dieuleveult T,
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Foch Hospital,
To compare efficacy and tolerance of controlled temperature radiofrequency
and laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (LAUP) for the treatment
of snoring. METHODS: This was a prospective, nonrandomized
study on 30 patients who snored. All patients had a sleep night study.
Only patients with simple snoring or mild sleep apnea and soft palate
obstruction were included. Efficacy was subjectively evaluated by the
bed partner 2 months after the last treatment. Tolerance was estimated
daily by the patient during 18 first postoperative days. Discomfort,
pain, medication intake, diet, and number of days off from work were
assessed. RESULTS: Both treatments were effective on
snoring. Mean discomfort and pain as well as mean intake of analgesics
were significantly greater with laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.
CONCLUSION: Controlled temperature radiofrequency was
as effective as laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty on snoring
on a short-term basis but was better tolerated.
Otolaryngol 2001 Apr;