What is Somnoplasty?
Somnoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure for obstructive sleep apnea that shrinks the soft tissue in the upper airway, including the base of tongue. Somnoplasty uses radiofrequency (RF) energy into targeted areas to reduce tissue volume and stiffen soft tissue.
How Does It Work?
Somnoplasty procedure for obstructive sleep apnea generates heat to create finely controlled coagulative lesions at precise locations within the upper airway. The lesions created by the procedure are naturally resorbed in approximately three to eight weeks, reducing excess tissue volume and opening the airway.
Typically, this procedure for obstructive sleep apnea takes 30 to 45 minutes, with only five to 10 minutes required for RF energy delivery. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.