European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 266, Issue 11, pp 1807–1814 | Cite as

Treatment of primary snoring using modified radiofrequency-assisted uvulopalatoplasty

  • Ozgur YorukEmail author
  • Metin Akgun
  • Yavuz Sutbeyaz
  • Bulent Aktan
  • Harun Ucuncu
  • Arzu Tatar
  • Enver Altas
  • Omer Araz
  • Ali Fuat Erdem


Snoring is a common complaint, especially among the elderly individuals. In the treatment of snoring, many options, surgical or nonsurgical, are available. In this randomized study, we used a modified technique including some components of radiofrequency-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (RAUP) and Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty UPPP (modified-RAUP, MRAUP) and RAUP in a control group. A total of 60 patients (58 male and 2 female), 30 in each group (MRAUP and RAUP groups), with an average age of 38 ± 9 years were included in the study. In the MRAUP group, in addition to the modified surgery, preoperative steroid injection was used as a preemptive analgesic and pre-incisional steroid injection and closure of the edges of the incision were performed to achieve better relief of pain. Snoring score, pain at rest and during swallowing, analgesic consumption and speech score were evaluated using standard 10 cm visual analog scales (VAS). Operation time and other complications were recorded. The patients in the MRAUP group had better pain scores, both at rest and during swallowing, and less analgesic consumption. Although operation time was longer in the MRAUP group compared to that of the RAUP group, snoring score, evaluated from day 1 to the 6th month after operation, was significantly better in the MRAUP group. Postoperative speech scores at each visit were similar in both groups. In the MRAUP group, 87% of the patients (26 patients) had a final VAS for snoring below 3, while in the RAUP group 63% of the patients (19 patients) were below 3 on the scale (P < 0.05). Thus, MRAUP seems to be a promising technique for surgery as a treatment for snoring.


Radiofrequency Snoring Soft palate 


Conflict of interest statement

None declared.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ozgur Yoruk
    • 1
    Email author
  • Metin Akgun
    • 2
  • Yavuz Sutbeyaz
    • 1
  • Bulent Aktan
    • 1
  • Harun Ucuncu
    • 1
  • Arzu Tatar
    • 1
  • Enver Altas
    • 1
  • Omer Araz
    • 2
  • Ali Fuat Erdem
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of MedicineAtatürk UniversityErzurumTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Chest Diseases, Faculty of MedicineAtatürk UniversityErzurumTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Faculty of MedicineAtatürk UniversityErzurumTurkey

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