Dr. Hector N. Hernandez, M.D., P.A.
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Snoreplasty:
Pre-Operative Patient Information


by Hector N. Hernandez, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Procedure:

Injection Snoreplasty

Purpose:

To reduce the intensity of snoring.

Description:

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 required.

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.

Results:

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.

Complications:

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. Hernandez.

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Hector N. Hernandez, M.D., P.A.
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