It is usually necessary for the treatment to be repeated 6 weeks after the first treatment. This provides the best result with this method.
Celon palatoplasty can be undertaken as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthesia. It results in minimal pain and takes less than ten minutes. It is gentle and efficient. The patient can leave the clinic immediately after the procedure and can return to work in one to two days. Radiofrequency energy heats the tissue to above 60°C causes electro-coagulation of thesurrounding tissue (as shown in the diagram) followed by healing with scarring. This causes stiffening of the palate, and reduction in the bulk of the base of the tongue. The current is bipolar as so it is suitable even for patients with cardiac pacemakers. 10 points of radiofrequency are applied to the palate in a fishbone pattern. 10 Units of energy are applied to each site. The palate is treated with the probe in the directions shown in the diagram.
If the uvula is particularly long, it can also be shortened with the celon radiofrequency device. The abstract from a scientific study from London can be seen by clicking here. This has shown the efficacy of this procedure.
There is minimal pain following this procedure, and is well tolerated under local anaesthesia. There may be some minor swelling of the palate and some minor discomfort, but this lasts only a couple of days after the procedure. It is not necessary to use antibiotics following this procedure. Risks with this procedure are minimal pain and sometimes palatal ulceration. Ulceration occurs if the radiofrequency probe is applied too close to the surface of the palate. It usually heals however with no long term problems. Also this does not always work for snoring.
The operation does have to be repeated to get maximal benefit.