Effects of Radiofrequency versus Sham Surgery of the Soft Palate on Daytime Sleepiness
2014 (English)In: The Laryngoscope, ISSN 0023-852X, E-ISSN 1531-4995, Vol. 124, no 10, 2422-2426 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives/Hypothesis: To evaluate the effect of radiofrequency surgery of the soft palate on daytime sleepiness in snoring men with mild or no sleep apnea Study design: Randomized controlled trial Methods: Thirty-five men were recruited from consecutive patients referred to the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic due to snoring and complaints of daytime sleepiness. The inclusion criteria were an apnea-hypopnea index of ≤ 15, male gender and age 18-65 years. Patients were randomized to either radiofrequency or sham surgery of the soft palate. All but one chose and received the option of three treatments. All patients participated in a follow-up including an overnight sleep apnea recording and questionnaires 12 months after the last treatment. The primary outcome was daytime sleepiness measured with the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) and other questionnaires. Secondary outcomes were effects on the apnea-hypopnea index and subjective snoring. Results: Thirty-two of 35 patients, 19 of 20 in the radiofrequency surgery group and 13 of 15 in the sham surgery group, completed the study. No differences between the two groups in relation to the ESS or apnea-hypopnea index were found at follow-up. Conclusion: Radiofrequency surgery of the soft palate has no effect on daytime sleepiness, snoring or apnea frequency in snoring men with mild or no sleep apnea, one year after surgery.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 124, no 10, 2422-2426 p.
Radiofrequency, sham surgery, randomized controlled trial, daytime sleepiness, snoring, sleep apnea syndrome
Clinical Medicine Otorhinolaryngology
Research subject Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85202DOI: 10.1002/lary.24580ISI: 000342749100043PubMedID: 24390800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-85202DiVA: diva2:692107