World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Jun 2017)

Radiofrequency ablation of the lateral palatal space for snoring

  • B. Tucker Woodson,
  • Kent S. Tadokoro,
  • Stuart G. MacKay

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 3, no. 2
pp. 106 – 109


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Objective: Pilot study to examine the effect of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the lateral palatal fat pad in patients with socially-disruptive snoring. Method: Snoring outcomes and complications were compared between a group of patients with treated with RFA ablation of the lateral soft palate fat pad with or without inferior turbinate reduction (8 patients) and another group undergoing inferior turbinate reduction alone (12 patients). Results: Snoring loudness and bothersomeness improved in the palate but not inferior turbinate group. Pain was mild and no major complications were observed. Conclusion: The study supports RFA ablation of the lateral palatal space as a potential low morbidity procedure for snoring. Keywords: Snoring, Radiofrequency, Somnoplasty, Radiofrequency ablation, Inferior turbinate reduction, Turbinoplasty