Radiofrequency versus injection snoreplasty in simple snoring
Objective: To compare the efficacy and tolerance of controlled temperature radiofrequency (RF) and injection snoreplasty (IS) for the treatment of simple snoring. Study Design: The study was a nonrandomized, prospective study conducted on 70 simple snorers. Efficacy of the operations was subjectively evaluated by the bed partners and after 6 weeks of the last treatment. Tolerance was evaluated by the patient during first 10 postoperative days. Postoperative pain and discomfort level were assessed. Results: Satisfaction in terms of snoring severity was reported by 87.5% of the cases with RF and by 76.7% of the patients with IS. Discomfort levels also were similar for both groups. Conclusions: Controlled-temperature RF and IS were both effective on snoring and well tolerated by the patients. This allows retreatments if necessary. (C) 2005 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved.