Radiofrequency versus LAUP for the treatment of snoring

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Jan;126(1):67-73. doi: 10.1067/mhn.2002.121017.


Objective: To compare efficacy and tolerance of controlled temperature radiofrequency and laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (LAUP) for the treatment of snoring.

Methods: This was a prospective, nonrandomized study on 30 patients who snored. All patients had a sleep night study. Only patients with simple snoring or mild sleep apnea and soft palate obstruction were included. Efficacy was subjectively evaluated by the bed partner 2 months after the last treatment. Tolerance was estimated daily by the patient during 18 first postoperative days. Discomfort, pain, medication intake, diet, and number of days off from work were assessed.

Results: Both treatments were effective on snoring. Mean discomfort and pain as well as mean intake of analgesics were significantly greater with laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.

Conclusion: Controlled temperature radiofrequency was as effective as laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty on snoring on a short-term basis but was better tolerated.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Disorders of Excessive Somnolence / diagnosis
  • Disorders of Excessive Somnolence / etiology
  • Electroencephalography
  • Electrooculography
  • Fiber Optic Technology / methods
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Polysomnography
  • Prospective Studies
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / diagnosis
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / etiology
  • Snoring / complications
  • Snoring / radiotherapy*
  • Snoring / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome