Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Radiofrequency palatoplasty is a relatively new procedure which works to reduce snoring.
This works by targeting the back part of the mouth, specifically, the soft palate and the uvula. Snoring occurs when the soft palate and uvula are soft and vibrate. Making these areas stiffer ensures there is less vibration and less occurrence of snoring.
You will be a candidate for radiofrequency palatoplasty if you are snoring, and it is negatively impacting your and/or your partner’s life and sleep.
You will have to be at least 18 years old to undergo this procedure.
You will need to be aware of the risks and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve.
Prior to surgery, you will have a consultation with one of the surgeons, who will be able to recommend whether or not you are suitable for this procedure.
Radiofrequency palatoplasty uses electrical currents to shrink and stiffen the soft palate and uvula.
This is considered a relatively painless way to reduce snoring.
You may require further treatments if the first treatment does not reduce snoring enough.
Complications associated with this procedure are rare. However, as this is a surgical procedure, complications may exist. Risks include:
You will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure.
After surgery, you may experience a sore throat, which should only last for one to two days. You may wish to take pain medication to help the sore throat.
You may need to take up to three days off work to recover.
It may take up to four weeks for you to notice a decrease in snoring.
Radiofrequency palatoplasty is a surgical procedure which uses electrical currents to stiffen and shrink the back of the roof of the mouth, known as the soft palate and uvula. This helps to reduce snoring.
It is not necessary to surgically treat snoring, however, sometimes it may have an excessively negative impact on your and your partner’s life and sleeping pattern.
You will need to be at least 18 years old and understand what the procedure can achieve.
This is performed under a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake during the procedure but will not be able to feel any discomfort.
Radiofrequency palatoplasty takes around one hour to complete.
This will depend on how well you respond to the first session. You may find you do not experience enough of a reduction in snoring after the first session. If this is the case, it may be necessary to repeat the radiofrequency palatoplasty.
This is a relatively pain-free procedure with a short recovery time.
You may experience a sore throat, which will last around two days. If necessary, you can take pain medication to help alleviate symptoms.
It may take up to four weeks to notice the results from the radiofrequency palatoplasty.
You may have to take up to three days off work to fully recover.