Radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate for snoring (IPG124)
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate for snoring in (May,2005).
NICE has reviewed this guidance and is reassessing the procedure. New guidance will be published as a result. Until the new guidance is published the NHS should continue to follow the recommendations in the guidance below.
The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) has considered this procedure and NICE has issued a consultation document about its safety and efficacy. Consultation has now ended. IPAC will consider the consultation comments and produce a Final Interventional Procedures Document, which will be considered by NICE before guidance is issued to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The consultation period for this procedure closed on the 22nd July 2013.
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Snoring is a noisy inspiratory sound produced by vibrations and partial obstruction in the oropharynx. Habitual snoring is not of frivolous importance and can cause domestic disruption. It is a form of sleep disordered breathing, and can lead to disrupted sleep and subsequent daytime tiredness and poor concentration
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the soft palate aims to reduce the volume of the palate tissue and to improve the texture of the remaining palate so that it becomes more dynamically stable. It is usually an outpatient procedure which involves the use of a topical local anaesthetic. Radiofrequency energy (at a variety of frequencies and energy levels) is directed to the palate using an electrode delivery device, commonly to the mid portion of the palate from the uvular base to the posterior nasal spine. In addition two lateral applications are often given at a reduced energy level. The procedure is repeated a number of times if snoring symptoms persist.
F32.8 Other specified other operations on palate
Y11.4 Radiofrequency controlled thermal destruction of organ NOC
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- IPG124 Radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate for snoring: guidance (web format)
- IPG124 Radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate for snoring - guidance
- IPG124 Radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate for snoring - information for people considering the procedure, and for the public
- Radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate for snoring: consultation document
- Radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate for snoring: overview
This page was last updated: 30 August 2013
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