Laserbatten Palate Operation For Snoring

A new Australian surgical technique, pioneered by Sydney E.N.T. surgeon, Dr. George Lewkovitz, is showing dramatic results in controlling snoring. This technique, using a rapid pulsating, hi-tech carbon dioxide laser, was originally inspired by a close study of modern racing yachts and the sails that drive them. The same principles which drive a high speed racing yacht convert the previously flapping roof of the mouth or soft palate into an airfoil which streamlines the passage of air across its surface and minimises flapping. This flapping, which previously caused the snoring noise, is eliminated by the Laserbatten surgical technique.

The Laserbatten operation shortens the flapping edge of the soft palate and rebuilds the uvula, the small, hanging finger-like part of the palate, at a higher level. The laser is then used to create stiffening pockets in the soft palate. The procedure is done under the safety of local anaesthesia in a hospital or Day Surgery and the patient can go home the same day. One week off work is recommended for convalescence. Discomfort will be experienced during this week and will require medication for control.

The following photographs demonstrate the stages of this procedure. The operation is pain free once the local anaesthetic has been injected and minimal if any discomfort is experienced in the first twelve hours. At the end of the operation the patient is able to smile and walk out the door.

In the pre-operative photo, an elongated soft palate and midline uvula can be noted.

In the post-operative photo, the shortened soft palate can be seen together with the Laser created 'battens'  in the soft palate.

The above pair of photographs show the soft palate before and after surgery.

The photograph on the left shows a soft palate with elongation of the uvula and surrounding tissues at the back edge of the soft palate. The photo on the right shows the initial laser treatment creating the three 'battens'.

The left hand photo shows the three 'battens' in position and the laser resection shortening of the free back edge of the soft palate giving an 'apparent' elongation of the uvula.
The right hand photo shows the three 'battens' in position with the laser shortening of the uvula.

 

The left hand photo shows the shortened palate and uvula together with the early changes of the three battens.

The right hand photo taken three months after surgery shows the healed soft palate with the three battens visible as white lines within the soft palate. These lines are rarely noticed by others.
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