The RaVoR™ treatment was developed by Sutter and has by now been firmly established and proven as an option for the treatment of patients suffering from socially disruptive snoring. It is a gentle method that can be performed on an outpatient basis and with little strain on the patient.
Why a new snoring treatment?
Snoring is a common problem. In most cases, however, it is not a "disease", but simply the disturbing result of a change or enlargement in the upper airway caused by excess tissue. In Germany alone, about 10 to 15 % of the entire population snore, i.e. about 8 to 12 million people, depending on the estimate. These figures make snoring a general affliction. All too often people still smile at snorers or make "kindly" jokes about them. Snoring can, however, become an endurance test for the snorer and his/her partner.
Most of the snorers do not yet know that possibly in up to 80 % of the cases there is an easy, gentle and fast remedy available. The focus of discussions in the media and of experts on the subject is leading to a fast change of view of the afflicted. For the first time many snorers do not resign themselves to the condition, but search actively for possible treatments. This leads to an increased demand for reliable information for doctors as well as the need for safe and simple, out-patient treatment options like RaVoR™.
What is RaVoR™?
RaVoR™ is short for Radiofrequency Volume Reduction. The term says it all in a nutshell. When treating socially disruptive snoring, the goal is to enlarge the air passage in the mouth while stiffening the soft palate. This is best achieved through the short and selective heating of certain tissue areas. Special probes administer radiofrequency energy produced by an radiofrequency unit and cause deliberate local lesions without burning the mucosa. Following the intervention, the treated tissue is decomposed by the body's own immune system and transformed into fibrous scar tissue inside the soft palate. This process leads to a stiffening of the soft palate.
The complete treatment will usually not take longer than 15 to 20 minutes. It is performed on an out-patient basis and is almost without pain for the patient. Two or three treatments are usually necessary for best results.