A new study has found a less invasive therapy to reduce both snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in adult patients, according to a recently published article in The Laryngoscope, a peer reviewed medical journal of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society. This could serve as a preliminary Snoreplasty review.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potential health risk for millions of Americans, and several studies point to one possible reason behind the disorder. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that over 18 million Americans suffer from OSA, and that it is underdiagnosed. So this study may bring welcome relief to millions of these sufferers.

In the study researchers assessed the safety and effectiveness of TranQuill™ Sling (a suture or thread used in surgery that is knotless) in snoreplasty (surgery procedure) for the treatment of snoring and mild OSA in adult subjects. The TranQuill Sling Snoreplasty (QSS) is a procedure where the suture is inserted into the soft palate tissues for the treatment of snoring and/or mild obstructive sleep apnea. Soft palate tissues are tissues in the back of the roof of the mouth.

The research explored the effectiveness of TranQuill’s Sling, which was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Effectiveness includes the safety, performance, and effectiveness for the Surgical Specialties Inc., as a therapy for snoring and/or mild obstructive sleep apnea. The Sling is used in all types of surgery that involved deep tissues in the body, but this is possibly a new use.

From February 2014 to July 2014, 20 adult patients with chronic, disruptive snoring assessed by bed partner were recruited to undergo TSS and subjects with mild OSA. Outcomes were assessed comparing the results of quality-of-life questionnaires, bed partner-assessed snoring, pain visual analog scales, WatchPAT (Itamar Medical Ltd, Caesarea Ind. Park, Israel) home sleep studies, and flexible endoscopy at baseline and 90-day follow-up.

All 20 subjects had local anesthesia in the examination chair. The subjects’ throats were anesthetized with benzocaine spray followed by a minor numbing of the soft palate. The TranQuill suture was inserted into the soft palate tissues following a preset pattern.

The researchers concluded that TranQuill Sling Snoreplasty™ is a safe therapy that improves snoring symptoms in most adults with mild snoring or mild OSA. Just keep in mind much further clinical trials are needed to identify patients likely to respond to the therapy and that this holds great promise for those millions of OSA and snoring sufferers who could benefit from a minimally invasive procedure and greater relief.

Another advantage of this procedure is that, like the Pillar Procedure™, it can be performed in the comfort of the doctor’s office and with a local anesthesia; so most likely there will be very slight recovery time, again like the Pillar Procedure™. For a Snoreplasty review, this looks very positive so far.