E-Zzzzz Solution to Snoring Gaining Acceptance
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Hillman tells WebMD that the procedure is "simple and quick." It's
usually accomplished in minutes under local anesthesia. "Postoperative side
effects are minimal. There is little pain," he says. What pain exists is
easily controlled with simple pain relievers, and speech and swallowing
"are not affected to any significant degree." The patients were able to
return to work the same day.
Eighteen of the 20 patients reported a "subjective improvement" in
their snoring after eight weeks of follow-up, Hillman says. Eight of the
patients described more than a 50% reduction in their snoring. Mouth ulcers did
form after three treatments, but they did not affect the outcome and healed
within a few days.
Jeffrey Spiro, MD, has been working with the device for about six months,
and says he needs more follow-up for a more "scholarly" opinion on the
procedure. Still, Spiro was familiar with the Australian study and says they
used single-spot treatment, whereas the manufacturer-recommended treatment
involves creating three lesions during each of two different visits. Following
this method, some studies in the U.S. have shown better results than those in
the Australian study.
"The more general experience would suggest that probably 70% to 80% of
people after two treatments will have significant improvement. We're not saying
complete elimination, but significant improvement," Spiro tells WebMD.
Spiro is a professor of surgery in the division of otolaryngology at the
University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
"It's not that hard to do, it's very well tolerated. The issue is, does
it really work?" asks Spiro. "And I guess the bottom line is: if you
really pick out the right people carefully, then there's no reason why I would
expect you can't duplicate some of the earlier results that have been
published, at least in this country," Spiro says.
Hillman says the findings in his study justify more study and explains that
the procedure may not work the same for everyone. "In most patients,
snoring was substantially reduced, rather than eliminated. Persistent snoring
despite treatment relates at least in part to the fact that not all snoring
results from vibration of the soft palate: vibration of other parts of the
throat can contribute to the snoring noise," Hillman tells WebMD.