News | Published August 18, 2009

Mount Nittany Surgical Center Uses Celon Technology to Treat Sleep Apnea

A sonorous problem in the bedroom, sleep apnea affects an estimated 48 million people. Besides disturbing the sleep of patients and spouses, sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart failure, heart attack and stroke.
Mount Nittany Surgical Center offers a new, minimally invasive procedure involving the use of radiofrequency volume reduction by Celon technology to treat snoring and sleep apnea. Radiofrequency, or microwave, is applied to the uvula for snoring and the tongue for sleep apnea. Tissue is treated to stiffen the uvula of soft palate, reducing vibrations, and thereby decreasing snoring.
“Celon technology uses radiofrequency waves as an alternative to laser surgery for the uvula, which can be more painful. Recovery time is generally reduced to 24 hours. Patients have minimal pain and eat the same day,” said Yi How Kao, MD, board certified otolaryngologist head and neck surgeon. Radiofrequency is also used to reduce enlarged prostates and bulging herniated discs in the back.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, tiredness and interrupted breathing during sleep. To diagnose sleep apnea, physicians use a multi-parametric sleep test called polysomnography. Usually conducted at night, the test records the bio-physiological changes that occur during sleep and monitors many body functions, including brainwaves, eye movements, muscle activity and heart rhythms during sleep.

Celon procedures require less recovery time, generally 24 hours, and can be performed using either general or local anesthesia.

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