“We welcome you to our website. An ENT surgeon is a doctor who deals with almost every human sense and the organs that serve these senses, as he examines hearing, balance, smell and taste, additionally to the ear, nose, pharynx and larynx,” Dr. Alexios Vardouniotis explains on his website.
He is one of many Greek born doctors who are becoming global and international in their profession, as a result of the Greek economic crisis.
An interesting article on a “Solution for snoring and apneas” appears on his page.
“If you suffer from snoring during your sleep, harrying yourself and those around you, or if you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (you suffer from cessation of breathing besides snoring when asleep), there is a way to treat your condition. With the use of a special generator that produces radio frequency waves and a very fine tip the problem of snoring can be corrected, by tissue volume reduction of the soft palate.
The process is simple, as in initially applying a local anesthetic to the soft palate and after approximately 10 minutes further injecting some local anesthetic. The bipolar probe for the soft palate in then inserted at 5 different points and each time, after the placement of the probe, radiofrequency (RF) energy is applied for 5 seconds as shown in the photograph.
The method is practically painless and almost bloodless since nothing is cut or removed, the tissues are not destroyed but their volume is reduced, it is done without general anesthesia, the patient rests on a half-sitting position on the examination chair and usually the whole procedure takes less than 15 minutes.
Radiofrequency surgery of the soft palate for the treatment of snoring and selected cases of mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) 1.
Dr. Vardouniotis is located at St. Basil Square – Cyprus 1 – Tripoli.
For more information, email Dr. Vardouniotis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- http://www.vardouniotis.gr/index.php?id=65- article on snoring and apnea