Effectiveness and side effects of one-stage laser-assisted uvuloplasty in primary rhonchopathy

Klozar, J.; Plzák, J.; Zábrodský, M.; Betka, J.

Orl; Journal for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and its Related Specialties 69(5): 316-321


ISSN/ISBN: 1423-0275
PMID: 17713359
DOI: 10.1159/000107574
Accession: 015643164

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The aim of this study is to evaluate the results of laser-assisted uvuloplasty (LAUP) in terms of effect on snoring and side effects. The case report study is based on the analysis of questionnaires with a visual analog scale (VAS) describing the severity of snoring before and 6-26 months after operation and questions regarding postoperative course. The group of patients consisted of 73 patients with primary rhonchopathy. The average preoperative VAS score was 8.36; it decreased to an average of 3.98 postoperatively (p = 0.001). No improvement was reported by 12% of patients, improvement of 4 and more of the VAS scale was reported by 67% of patients. The majority (58%) of patients reported postoperative pain for up to 10 days. Bothersome sensations persisted in 15% of patients. No predictive factors for the success of treatment were found. LAUP diminished snoring in 88% of patients. A major drawback was the postoperative pain. Further studies looking for predictive factors are needed.