How Does Elevoplasty® Work?
Elevoplasty® is a minimally-invasive, office-based procedure that works like “a face lift for the soft palate”®.
Elevoplasty® provides a therapeutic option for the patient who suffers from simple snoring without sleep apnea. It fills a need for those patients seeking relief from snoring who are not interested in wearing an oral appliance at night and who are not willing to undergo invasive palate surgery, such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).
The basic concept of Elevoplasty® is to use specially-shaped proprietary resorbable barbed sutures to provide lift to the soft palate without surgery, thereby alleviating snoring by three mechanisms.
1. Making the soft palate slightly shorter, thereby reducing the chance of the soft palate obstructing the airway during sleep.
2. Making the soft palate slightly stiffer, thereby reducing its vibration during sleep, and the resulting snoring sounds.
3. Causing secondary scarring of the soft palate, which tends to make it slightly shorter and stiffer.
How Elevoplasty® Works: A Step-by-Step Guide
The process is iterated three times, providing 1-4 millimeters of lift, thereby expanding the mean diameter of the airway. Even a small increase in the diameter of the airway can make a noticeable difference in airflow at night. In a typical snoring patient who doesn’t have sleep apnea, the airway is just barely obstructed by the soft palate. Therefore, a couple millimeters of soft palate shortening can mean that the airway is no longer obstructed during sleep, reducing or eliminating snoring.
This hypothesis was put to the test in the multi-center S.I.LE.N.C.E. Clinical Study, conducted at eight clinical institutions in the U.S. in 2017. Results are expected to be available in 2018.