Radiofrequency Ablation of the Tongue Base

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Radiofrequency ablation of the tounge base directs small amounts of targeted energy to the base of the tongue in the back of the throat using a non-invasive device. Each treatment is performed in less than 45 minutes; targeted energy delivery to theRF2RF1treatment area lasts just two to four minutes. Following the procedure, the treated area heals and the tissue is tightened and reduced in size. This tightening and reduction will directly prevent the tongue from blocking the airway while the patient is sleeping. The minimally invasive, outpatient procedure is performed with local anesthesia and is proven to be an effective treatment for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

WHY IS RADIOFREQUENCY THE BEST TREATMENT OPTION FOR OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA?

In contrast to other obstructive sleep apnea surgeries, the radiofrequency ablation procedure has a far shorter recovery time and significantly less post-operative pain. The recovery time for other OSA surgical procedures is typically several weeks with the accompaniment of narcotics, while the recovery time for Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America's radiofrequency ablation procedure is only a few days with only an over-the-counter painkiller suggested, if necessary. This procedure has shown consistent positive results as being a sleep disorder cure for obstructive sleep apnea.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TREATMENT?

Improved daytime sleepiness, improved concentration and memory, decreased risk for heart disease, heart failure and stroke, decreased occurence of erectile dysfunction, reduce the risk of car accidents.

WHY AREN'T MORE PHYSICIANS PERFORMING THE RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION PROCEDURE FOR OSA?

Radiofrequency ablation isn't a new sleep apnea treatment. Up until the advent of Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America (SATCOA), radiofrequency ablation was an invasive procedure performed solely in the operating room. The physicians at SATCOA have developed the groundbreaking medical protocols to conduct RFA in an office setting. This procedure was taken from the OR to the doctor's office in order to increase patient comfort, reduce swelling and maximize results.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION?

If you show signs of sleep apnea you may be a candidate. Any individual that has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea due to obstruction of the airway at the base of the tongue is a candidate for this procedure. A sleep study is required for all patients looking to diagnose their OSA. If you haven't had a sleep study, SATCOA can refer you to take one. A home sleep study will be prescribed for your comfort and convenience. If you have a sleep study, and are looking to learn more about SATCOA's radiofrequency tongue ablation treatment option, please contact one of our patient coordinators.

HOW LONG HAS THIS PROCEDURE BEEN PERFORMED?

Radiofrequency Tongue Ablation has been conducted for over 10 years. While doing independent research on the topic, please note that up until the advent of Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America, radiofrequency ablation of the tongue (RFA) was done in the operating room and was an invasive procedure. The physicians at Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America (SATCOA) have developed the ground breaking medical protocols to conduct RFA in an office setting. This procedure was taken from the OR to the doctor's office in order to maximize patient comfort, reduce swelling and maximize results. A sleep study is required for all patients looking to evaluate Radiofrequency Ablation as a sleep apnea treatment option. If you have a sleep study and are looking to learn more about the Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America Radiofrequency Tongue Ablation treatment option, please contact our Patient Coordinator.

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