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NEW OUT-PATIENT LASER SURGERY TO CURE SNORING AVAILABLE IN PHILADELPHIA AREA

 ABINGTON, Pa., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A new out-patient laser surgery, featured this morning on "Good Morning America" and proven to substantially reduce or eliminate snoring, will be available in the Philadelphia metro area.
 Offered by the first physicians to bring it here, the board- certified otolaryngologists and certified laser surgeons in the Chestnut Hill, Abington and Willow Grove practices of Otolaryngology Associates, the procedure, using a special laser, is simple, reliable and non- invasive. According to Philip A. Rosenfeld, M.D., F.A.C.S, one of the Otolaryngology Associates' surgeons who will be performing the surgery, "The CO(subscript 2) laser resection of the palatopharynx (the technical name), will be performed in our office, under local anesthesia, and require 3 to 4 treatments to reshape the size of the palate, over a 6 to 8 week period."
 The majority of snorers have longer, and sometimes thicker, palates that obstruct their air passageways during sleep. In these cases, the palate can often be reshaped to enlarge the airway and reduce the obstruction that causes snoring. Snoring can create a serious medical problem -- sleep apnea -- in which a person actually stops breathing during sleep. For others, it creates social problems, including mates who refuse to share the snorers' beds.
 "Developed in Paris, France, by Dr. Yves-Victor Kamami," continued Rosenfeld, "the laser procedure will most likely eliminate the need for the technically more difficult and painful operative palatal reshaping procedures previously used. But patients should choose their laser surgeon carefully, for the operation, while simple and effective, is a delicate one. If the air passageways are made too short or too wide, complications of speech or fluid aspiration into the nose may occur." In addition to the Philadelphia area, the procedure is also currently available in Chicago, Nashville and New York City. For more information, call Otolaryngology Associates at 215-886-1482.
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 /CONTACT: Ellen Toplin of Toplin & Associates, 215-886-4644, for Otolaryngology Associates


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