|Clinical case:||Retrograde Uvuloplasty, Interstitial|
|Laser used:||Epic-S Diode Laser 940 nm|
|Accessory used:||400 um bare fiber tip
|Authored by physician:||Yosef Krespi, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Hofstra School of Medicine, New York
Persistent palatal snoring. Excessive day time sleepiness, sleep fragmentation. Loud snoring confirmed by bed partner.
Normal or very mild sleep apnea events detected during sleep study. Long uvula, small tonsils. No other sleep related comorbidities.
Surgical solution consist of ablating the nasal surface of the uvula trans mucosal and intra muscular in order the shorten and stiffen the uvula.
Anesthesia is achieved with local injection of 2% lidocaine with epinephrine 1:100,000.
The laser treatment parameters above are provided as a guide and are based on results published or reported by physicians with experience in this indication. Individual treatment should be based on clinical training, clinical observation of laser-tissue interaction, appropriate clinical endpoints and each physician’s own medical judgment.