Electrocautery versus carbon dioxide laser for uvulopalatoplasty in the treatment of snoring

Michael M. Gnuechtel, Jeffrey S. Keyser, John H. Greinwald, Gregory N Postma

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Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty is a popular method for reducing snoring. Drawbacks are the large initial expense of the laser unit and related equipment and required safety precautions. The equipment required for electrocautery for cautery-assisted uvulopalatoplasty is significantly less expensive to obtain and operate compared with the carbon dioxide laser. Ninety-eight patients were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups to undergo uvulopalatoplasty: one performed with the carbon dioxide laser and the other with electrocautery. We compared postoperative pain, time off work, efficacy, and the number of treatments required to achieve a satisfactory result. We found no statistically significant difference in any of these parameters between the two treatment groups (P > 0.05). Our data show that the use of the carbon dioxide laser offers no advantage over electrocautery in performing uvulopalatoplasty to treat snoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)848-854
Number of pages7
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume107
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1997

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Snoring
Electrocoagulation
Gas Lasers
Lasers
Equipment Safety
Cautery
Postoperative Pain
Therapeutics
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Electrocautery versus carbon dioxide laser for uvulopalatoplasty in the treatment of snoring. / Gnuechtel, Michael M.; Keyser, Jeffrey S.; Greinwald, John H.; Postma, Gregory N.

In: Laryngoscope, Vol. 107, No. 7, 01.07.1997, p. 848-854.

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Gnuechtel, Michael M. ; Keyser, Jeffrey S. ; Greinwald, John H. ; Postma, Gregory N. / Electrocautery versus carbon dioxide laser for uvulopalatoplasty in the treatment of snoring. In: Laryngoscope. 1997 ; Vol. 107, No. 7. pp. 848-854.
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