A palatoplasty is a surgical procedure performed either in the office or in the operating room and is designed to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
In-office palatoplasty is a 10 minute procedure performed under local anesthesia. This is mainly used to decrease snoring and performed by inserting a probe at different locations in the palate. Radiofrequency energy is used to ablate the palate tissue, causing it to stiffen and vibrate less during breathing – resulting in a decreased snore. This procedure can also be used in cases of mild sleep apnea as well.
There is little to no downtime after this procedure and most patients return to work the following day.
Surgical palatoplasty is performed in the operating room and is used as part of airway treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. The soft palate and uvula are reconstructed in a manner that decreases retropalatal obstruction, a common source of airway obstruction during obstructive sleep apnea. There are many different ways to perform this procedure (Lateral pharyngoplasty, sphincter expansion pharyngoplasty, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty), and the specific approach is determined by your anatomy.
The procedure takes about 35 minutes to perform and is associated with a sore throat for about 7-10 days.
If you would like to learn more about in office and surgical palatoplasty, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.