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A method for reducing a volume of a tongue provides a source of ablation energy and an ablation energy delivery device. At least a portion of the ablation energy delivery device is positioned in an interior of the tongue. A sufficient amount of energy is delivered from the energy delivery device into the interior of the tongue to debulk a section of the tongue without damaging a hypoglossal nerve. Thereafter, the at least portion of the ablation energy delivery device is removed from the interior of the tongue.

Title
Method for ablating interior sections of the tongue
Application Number
606195
Publication Number
5820580
Application Date
October 3, 1996
Publication Date
October 13, 1998
Inventor
David Douglass
Woodside
CA, US
Ronald Lax
Palm City
FL, US
Stuart D Edwards
Portola Valley
CA, US
Agent
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
Assignee
Somnus Medical Technologies
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/39
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