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NEW OFFICE LASER TREATMENT FOR SNORING PRESENTED AT ANNUAL OTOLARYNGOLOGY CONFERENCE

 /ADVANCE/ MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A new laser technique that is revolutionizing the way patients are treated for snoring is being presented today at the American Academy of Otolaryngology Conference in Minneapolis.
 Drs. Robert Ossoff and Jack A. Coleman Jr. (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.) and Dr. Yosef P. Krespi (St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, New York City) will present Laser-Assisted Uvula-Palatoplasty (LAUP), a procedure that offers, for the first time, a solution for the estimated 40 million problem snorers and their bedpartners. This new laser treatment makes sleeping and living without snoring as simple and painless as a visit to the dentist. Since breathing problems such as sleep apnea are often associated with snoring, patients should be fully evaluated by a qualified physician prior to treatment.
 Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose, often caused by excessive tissue in the uvula and soft palate. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and the overweight, and worsens with age.
 Once sleep apnea has been ruled out, physicians use the laser to treat patients right in the office, using local anesthesia. Patients are fully awake during the treatment, which takes about 10 minutes, and return to their normal activities immediately afterwards.
 Snoring is eliminated in most patients after three to five office visits, spaced about four weeks apart. LAUP has an 85-90 percent success rate, although almost everyone experiences improvement. Most patients report a noticeable reduction in their snoring after the second session.
 Prior to LAUP, the only alternative was a major surgical procedure -- Uvula-Palato Pharyngeoplasty (UPPP) -- which requires general anesthesia, a hospital stay and several weeks recuperation. Physicians have been reluctant to perform UPPP solely to treat snoring because it also involves significant pain, bleeding and risk of complications. With LAUP, these disadvantages are avoided. Patients experience a mild sore throat for several days; bleeding and other complications are rare.
 Interest is immediate wherever LAUP has been introduced. Physicians in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Nashville, and other cities received hundreds of calls and are now scheduling patients months in advance. ENT physicians from all over the country are now being trained to perform LAUP in their offices.
 For more information on LAUP and the names of local physicians offering the procedure, all Ellen Toplin at 215-886-4644.
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 /CONTACT: Ellen Toplin of Toplin & Associates, 215-886-4644/


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