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    Coblation™
    Why Do I Snore? Snoring is a simple phenomenon that can turn into a complex problem. While you sleep, the muscles at the back of your throat relax, causing the soft palate to partially block your air passages. As you breathe, the air from your mouth or nose tries to pass around the blockage, resulting in the rasps and rattles we know as snoring. When the air passages become more blocked, the snoring gets worse-and so does the annoyance.
    What is Coblation-Channeling? Coblation-Channeling is a unique patented process using bipolar radiofrequency (RF) technology to achieve precise and rapid tissue removal. Most RF technologies only heat or shrink tissue. In contrast, Coblation-Channeling clears blocked airways by both shrinking and removing tissue for immediate results. In addition to treating snoring, Coblation-Channeling is used in Tonsillectomies and a variety of other upper airway procedures.
    How is Coblation-Channeling Performed? With Coblation-Channeling, a specialized Wand is inserted into the soft palate. Once the Wand is channeled into position, it is held in place for just 10 to 15 seconds at a time, compared to 3-5 minutes for other devices. This process immediately removes tissue and creates a lesion that, when healed, decreases the size of the palate and stiffens the floppy tissue responsible for causing snoring.
    The Coblation-Channeling procedure takes about 5 minutes, and is performed in your doctor's office with local anesthesia. Although this is a minor procedure, it's normal to experience some after effects. For example, you may have a sore throat and some swelling for a few days, with a full feeling at the back of your throat. Your doctor will provide you with complete instructions for managing any postoperative swelling or discomfort.
    Coblation-Channeling Step One Snoring is caused by excess tissue at the back of your throat that relaxes when you sleep and partially blacks your air passages.
    Coblation-Channeling Step Two During Coblation-Channeling, a specialized Wand is inserted into the soft palate and held in place for just 10-15 seconds at a time.
    Coblation-Channeling Step Three Coblation-Channeling decreases the size of the palate and stiffens the floppy tissue responsible for causing your snoring. Your snoring will improve over the next four to six weeks as the tissue continues to tighten and heal.
    Relief at Last After the initial healing, about one week after surgery, you should notice an improvement in your snoring. As the tissue in your soft palate continues to stiffen over time, your snoring will decline even further. In some cases it may be necessary to repeat the surgery for optimal results.
    With Coblation-Channeling, you and your family can finally get rid of the stampeding bulls and get back to counting sheep in no time.
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    511 SW Tenth
    Portland, OR 97205
    Phone:(503) 226-1688