SNORE JAB MANIA AT HOSPITAL; Rush for pounds 3 treatment that hit the snooze.
A MERSEYSIDE hospital offering a pounds 3 injection to cure snoring has seen a surge of inquiries after the procedure featured in the ECHO.
Consultants at Ormskirk hospital have so far treated 400 patients with the wonder injection, which is an effective alternative to painful surgery.
But, since the procedure was mentioned on Thursday in the ECHO, the hospital has seen a surge in interest from snorers and their long-suffering partners.
It is the only hospital trust in the UK offering the jab.
Hadi Al-Jassim, the consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon carrying out the treatment, said his secretary and other staff members had taken lots of phone calls from people interested in the injection.
He added: "Since the article, we have had a lot of calls, according to people in my office, and we are keen to help people with snoring problems.
"Often, it is people's partners who suffer the most and it can cause problems in relationships.
"They are really thankful when the injection works.
"It is a simple, effective procedure which we have had much success with.
"There has been not just local but national interest, too, and lots of people appear to be talking about it."
HELP: Hadi During the two-minute procedure, chemicals are injected into the roof of a patient's mouth.
It burns the soft tissue and leaves scarring.
The scars then stop the soft tissue at the back of the mouth vibrating - the main cause of snoring.
The technique was discovered in the USA six years ago by mistake.
The chemicals were initially injected into the patient's mouth as a way of testing the cause of the snore before surgery.
But results showed the jab alone reduced the problem.
The promise of a good night's sleep has become a hot topic of conversation since Thursday on radio and TV phone-ins as people discussed the treatment.
Hadi Al-Jassim The jab can be given up to three times a year, but some people find one is enough to stop snoring for a full 12 months.
HELP: Hadi Al-Jassim
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 31, 2009|
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