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Elevoplasty is a procedure that is performed in a doctor’s office. The procedure lifts and stiffens the soft tissue at the top and back of the mouth to help reduce snoring. It provides a therapeutic option for patients experiencing snoring.
Three small resorbable sutures are placed into the soft palate. The sutures are gently pulled to provide lift. As the sutures resorb, the tissue is stiffened.
It is an alternative for those patients seeking relief from snoring who are not interested in wearing an oral appliance at night and who are not willing to undergo invasive surgery.
The Elevoplasty procedure was designed to enhance patient treatment options for snoring. The concept of Elevoplasty was developed by Dr. Yosef P. Krespi, who leads the New York Head and Neck Institute Sleep Disorder Center, and Dr. David O. Volpi, founder of the eos sleep network (formerly called the Manhattan Sleep Center). Their goal was to develop a minimally invasive procedure to be used by sleep specialty doctors to treat snoring at the palatal level without the need for invasive surgery.
Elevoplasty is used to treat the specific kind of snoring that is caused by the relaxation of soft tissue at the top and back of your mouth. When this tissue is relaxed, it rests against the back of your throat and obstructs your airway. However, as every patient is different, there could be other factors that cause your snoring. You will need to see your doctor for a consultation to assess your snoring and determine whether this procedure is right for you.
Three small holes are made in the soft palate.
The three sutures are placed.
The threads are gently pulled.
The threads are removed.
You can expect a sore throat for two to three days after the procedure. You should avoid spicy foods, acidic foods, and alcohol for a few days after the procedure.
Most patients were able to deal with their pain after the procedure using over-the-counter medications.
Other side effects may include minor bleeding, mild pain or discomfort, the swelling of tissue at the top and back of your mouth, trouble swallowing, and bruising.
In a clinical trial, three out of four patients saw a reduction in snoring 30 days after having the procedure. On average, patients also saw a reduction in daytime sleepiness and an improvement in sleep quality.
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