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Soft palate implants: a new option for treating habitual snoring

  • Thomas S. KühnelEmail author
  • G. Hein
  • W. Hohenhorst
  • J. T. Maurer
Laryngology

Abstract

One hundred six patients with proven habitual snoring were each treated with three implants consisting of a cylindrical-shaped segment of braided polyester filaments (18 mm in length with an outer diameter of 1.5 mm) in the soft palate. The implants, pre-loaded in a single-use delivery tool, were inserted into the soft palate under local anesthesia. Along with the initial examination, follow-up exams were done after the treatment to test the safety and efficacy of the procedure. Snoring post treatment was reported as “no snoring” or “slight/occasional” in the majority of the cases after treatment. The results indicate there were no serious adverse events reported. The most frequent minor adverse events were partial extrusions in which the patient often presented a minor foreign body sensation along with mild transient pain. This data has demonstrated the procedure as a minimally invasive, relatively painless, simple procedure that has been shown to be safe and effective.

Keywords

Snoring Soft palate Implant 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas S. Kühnel
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Hein
    • 2
  • W. Hohenhorst
    • 3
  • J. T. Maurer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyUniversity of RegensburgRegensburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Sleep Disorders CenterUniversity Hospital MannheimMannheimGermany
  3. 3.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyAlfried-Krupp HospitalEssenGermany

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