Elevoplasty® In-Office Treatment for Snoring In Houston

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Is Elevoplasty right for you?

  • Learn what Elevoplasty is
  • What to expect after the procedure
  • What to avoid after the procedure
  • What other patients experienced
  • and more!

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What is Elevoplasty?

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.

elevoplasty procedure explanation

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.

Why was the Elevoplasty procedure developed?

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.

Is the Elevoplasty procedure right for me?

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.

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What can I expect during the procedure?

Three small holes are made in the soft palate.
The three sutures are placed.
The threads are gently pulled.
The threads are removed.

elevoplasty procedure steps

What should I expect immediately after the Elevoplasty procedure?*

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.
side effects of elevoplasty

What have other patients experienced with Elevoplasty?**

 

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.

3 out of 4 reduced snoring

What do I do next?

If you’re in the Houston, Texas area, reach out to Dr. Nguyen at Houston Sinus & Allergy to schedule an Elevoplasty consultation.

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What are some common questions asked about snoring?

There are many ways to treat snoring. Some of these include over-the-counter sleep aids such as:
  • nasal strips
  • nose plugs
  • mouthpieces
  • other treatments can even involve invasive surgical procedures

 

ways to treat snoring

 

However, not all of these remedies work for long-term snoring.

90 million adults are affected by snoring. Snoring is breathing loudly while asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring affects as many as 90 million adults in the US.1 Snoring is caused by air vibrating the tissues in your nose and mouth—and those vibrations produce noise.
percentage of adults who snore

20% of adults snore loudly enough to disturb their bed partners. Snoring can have a number of negative social effects, including excessive daytime sleepiness, increased agitation, decreased productivity, and difficulty concentrating.2
percentage of adults who snore

Approximately 20% of adults in the developed world consistently snore loudly enough at night to disturb their sleeping partners.3
Snoring can cause frustration and resentment in partners and family members, even leading partners to sleep in separate rooms.4

Published with permission of Cook Medical.

  1. Aging, sleep health, sleep problems: Snoring and sleep. National Sleep Foundation Web site. https://
    www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/snoring-and-sleep. Accessed November 15, 2019.
  2. Friedman M, Gillespie MB, Shabdiz FA, et al. A new office-based procedure for the treatment of snoring: the S.I.Le.N.C.E. study. Laryngoscope. 2020;1-7.
  3. Kapur VK. Obstructive sleep apnea: Diagnosis, epidemiology, and economics. Respir Care. 2010;55(9):1155-1167.
  4. Breus MJ. How to keep snoring from hurting your relationship. Psychology Today Web site. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/
    sleep-newzzz/201412/how-keep-snoring-hurting-your-relationship. Published December 17, 2014. Accessed November 15, 2019.

5. & *Friedman M, Gillespie MB, Shabdiz FA, et al. A new office-based procedure for the treatment of snoring: the S.I.Le.N.C.E. study. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2020;5(1):24–30.
6 . & **Elevo kit snoring intervention device. Premarket notification 510(k) K181107.

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