LAUP snoring procedure was invented by Professor Yves Kamami it addresses the root cause of snoring. He has treated 30,000 snorers at The Private Clinic.
Addresses the root cause of snoring
LAUP snoring procedure was invented by Professor Yves Kamami
He has treated 30,000 snorers at The Private Clinic
Minimally-invasive 15 minute treatment
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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.
Last Reviewed September 17th 2021
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Snoring can have a devastating effect on relationships and can cause a number of problems for sufferers as a result of disturbed sleep. Recent research has shown that over 70% of people who try over-the-counter snoring cures do not get the relief they had hoped for.
The Private Clinic have been helping people with snoring and sleep problems for the past 30 years and have treated more patients than any other UK clinic. We offer the latest non-invasive laser and radio frequency procedures to tackle the most common causes of snoring, including blocked and stuffy nose and excess vibration of the soft palate and uvula. If you have tried over the counter treatments without success, this 15 minutes stop snoring procedure could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
If you don’t snore, you are more than likely to know someone who does – between 19% and 40% of adults snore when they sleep, and that percentage climbs even higher, particularly for men, as we age. It’s a nuisance for bed partners, but researchers say we shouldn’t be so quick to write off snoring or other forms of disrupted breathing while asleep as mere annoyances; instead, they could have other health effects.
Our snoring procedures are all currently unavailable due to Covid 19 until January 2021. The Private Clinic is only interested in ensuring the safety of its patients and it is for this reason we believe that this type of operation should be delayed for now. If you have issues with snoring and you are interested in the snoring operation please contact us and we will be able to add your details to our waiting list where we will then contact you as soon as we start the procedure again.
Laser Assisted Uvuloplatoplasty (LAUP) for Snoring
Snoring is a form of sleep apnea, in which people stop breathing for a few seconds or several minutes dozens of times in an hour. Any disruption of breathing during sleep can affect the brain. Researchers have recently found that people with sleep apnea tended to develop memory problems and other signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), memory loss and dementia earlier than people without such sleep disorders.
Snoring can have a devastating effect on relationships and can cause a number of problems for sufferers as a result of disturbed sleep. Recent research has shown that over 70% of people who try over-the-counter snoring cures do not get the relief they had hoped for. This is because there is no one ‘cure’ for snoring. Some people sleep on their back and this causes their tongue to roll back, others have problems with stuffy or blocked noses, while other people snore because they’re overweight.
Snoring is caused on two levels:
- By the nose and throat
- By the tongue
The two areas generally make up 100% of the snoring noise. Dr Kamami can improve the top note noise from the nose and throat with the LAUP procedure. This however cannot take away the noise caused by the tongue.
At The Private Clinic our ENT specialist Dr Kamami often treats snoring patients with partial Nasal Turbinate if the tongue is a contributing factor to snoring. Laser Assisted partial turbinectomy is a minor procedure carried using the CO2 laser to improve air entry to the nose.
Combining both treatments often removes the very loud and disruptive snoring noise (the one that keeps partners awake!) and in effect reduces the noise made by the tongue. This will also, in most cases cease the snoring noise when sitting (for example on trains and planes). The best option is to come in an see Dr Kamami, he is an expert in his field and he will be able to access the best way forward for you.
If you snore because of a deviated septum, our laser treatment won’t be suitable. However our Consultant Plastic Surgeons will be able to correct the positioning of the septum, via a minor rhinoplasty procedure, also called a Septo-Rhinoplasty, and get your breathing back on track. Dr Davood Fallahdar is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialised in Rhinoplasty procedures. The best way to find out what is causing your snoring is to come in and see us, we have been treating patients for snoring for over 35 years. Book a consultation here.
The Advantages of our LAUP Laser Snoring Treatments include:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Walk-in walk-out procedure
- No general anaesthetic needed and no hospital stay
- Treatment takes just 15 minutes under local anaesthetic
- Minimum downtime, normal activity can be resumed quickly
- Having LAUP allows you to breathe more easily, stop your snoring and improve your sleep.
- Featured in The Times
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Professor Yves Kamami, Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Specialist, GMC Number: 4145471 is the inventor of the LAUP (Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty) procedure. Since then over 40,000 LAUP procedures have been performed in the UK. Our snoring procedure has been featured in The Times. Professor Yves Kamami is available at our Harley Street, London clinic
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The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.
There are lots of solutions out there to help with snoring. Being at an ideal weight, reducing alcohol consumption, stopping smoking and sleeping on your side are some of our best recommendations to help you at home. However in most cases, the best solution is to unblock the airway via a surgical treatment. Our most popular snoring treatment is Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) which is a minimally invasive procedure performed in-clinic at London Harley Street under local anaesthetic. The laser treatment removes excess skin at the back of your throat to open up the airwaves and increase oxygen supply. LAUP is the most popular snoring treatment in the UK and over 40,000 procedures have been performed to date. To find out more, book a consultation with our expert surgeon.
This depends largely on the reasons of your snoring. Being overweight: if you have a collar size of 16½ inches or greater, you may not have the muscle tone needed to keep the airway open sufficiently at night to allow normal breathing. This is way a person with a short fat neck is at an increased risk of snoring. Men tend to get fat around their necks and waists, whereas women seem to put on weight around the thighs. However, this situation very often changes for women following the menopause and by the time women have reached their 70s they are just as likely to be snorers as men of the same age. Weight loss with accompanying fat reduction around the neck area will certainly help to alleviate snoring. Sleeping position: while sleeping on your back, your tongue, your chin and any excess fatty tissue under your chin may relax back and squash your airway. Sleeping on your side could prevent this. Alcohol: alcohol slows the brain’s responses, causing the muscles to relax even more than during a normal night’s sleep. The added relaxation of the musculature causes the oropharynx to collapse causing snoring. Furthermore alcohol may induce obstructive sleep apnoea (where breathing stops for short periods during sleep) in individuals who are otherwise just snorers. Additionally alcohol causes nasal airway irritation and congestion that increases the airway resistance when breathing. However if you are not heavily overweight and snore at all time, regardless of your alcohol consumption, your snoring could be caused by a stuffy nose, a blocked nose or an enlarged uvula, for which we offer three different treatments. They are: Unblocking the nose – Minimally invasive laser treatment under local anaesthetic can be used to treat the problem of a blocked nose in a matter of minutes. The treatment reduces enlarged fleshy ridges or ‘turbinates’ at the entrance of the sinuses. Please note it cannot correct a deviated septum. Please see our Rhinoplasty treatment page for more details about correcting a deviated septum. For more information click here Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) – This is a simple procedure that is performed under local anaesthetic and uses a laser to remodel the excess soft tissue that vibrates at the back of your throat. This frees your airways and increases oxygen supply, which not only prevents snoring*, but lifts the mood, increases energy levels and can even improve libido. LAUP is the most popular snoring treatment in the UK and over 40,000 procedures have been performed to date. Bipolar Radiofrequency Thermotherapy (RFITT) – This is a short, gentle treatment that uses a radio frequency to tighten the muscle within the soft palate so that it vibrates less during sleep. The procedure involves numbing the back of the throat with a local anaesthetic and targeting it with a slim pen that emits a high frequency. The heat causes the muscle to tighten both during and after the treatment. The maximum benefit is usually evident about 6 months after treatment.
Laser-Assistant Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is a very effective procedure to reduce snoring. The The procedure involves using a laser to make inciisons on areas of your soft palate and your uvula is often removed. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and is performed as a walk-in, walk-out procedure where patients can leave to recover at home straight afterwards. LAUP surgery can help to;
- Decrease size of uvula
- Lessen loudness of snoring
- Reduce uvula vibration during breathing
- Manage mild to moderate sleep apnoea
A consultation with our Ears Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon is £100. Free consultations are available with a Patient Coordinator if you just wish to get more information about the procedures we offer. Prices for our snoring treatments start from £1,980, depending on the type of treatment.
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Meet our Surgeons
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Professor Yves Kamami, is the inventor of the LAUP procedure and since then over 40,000 LAUP procedures have been performed in the UK. He is available at our London, Harley Street clinic.
We have been featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies and to date we have treated more patients than any other UK clinic. If you have been suffering for years with this difficult snoring condition and over the counter remedies have made no difference to your snoring, a snoring procedure could be the solution for you.
Professor Yves Kamami
Graduate of Paris Medical University, Cervico-Facial Carcinology Diploma, GMC Number: 4145471