Western Suburbs Weekly - - Local Focus -

AZURE Med­i­cal in Cottes­loe is us­ing new tech­nol­ogy to treat con­di­tions that pre­vi­ously needed surgery.

Med­i­cal ad­vances have now made avail­able treat­ments for con­di­tions such as snor­ing and blad­der in­con­ti­nence, which in suit­able cases can avoid the need for surgery or med­i­ca­tions.

Azure Med­i­cal owner and prin­ci­pal GP Dr Richard New­ton said the clinic’s laser treat­ment for snor­ing uses a laser beam which heats tis­sue rather than cuts.

“This heat­ing process causes con­trac­tion of col­la­gen fi­bres, giv­ing the tis­sues around the back of the throat more sup­port, strength and struc­ture and pre­vent­ing the air­way from col­laps­ing and vi­brat­ing at night,” he said.

“Also, be­cause the air­way is not blocked off, the cause of sleep ap­noea, some pa­tients are then able to dis­con­tinue us­ing splints or CPAP ma­chines.”

Dr New­ton said laser snor­ing treat­ment was safe, but would only rec­om­mend it af­ter a thor­ough dis­cus­sion and con­sul­ta­tion.

He has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in a range of med­i­cal ca­pac­i­ties through­out his 24 years as a doc­tor, in both re­gional ar­eas and the city.

Azure Med­i­cal of­fers a wide range of treat­ments in­clud­ing DEXA body com­po­si­tion scans, an in-house di­eti­cian and a con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist.

Visit 460 Stir­ling High­way, Cottes­loe or call 9286 9900.

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