You might have heard of people resorting to a snoring operation because none of the snoring aids and appliances they used could help treat the disorder.
In case you too are thinking on similar lines, you need to remember that a snoring operation is the last resort you should take. As with any kind of surgery, a snoring operation is not without its potential risks and complications. Moreover, there are several types of snoring surgeries, and not all may suit you.
Here is some basic information about the different types of snoring surgeries:
LAUP (or Laser Assisted Uvuloplasty) involves using laser to remove any blockage in the air passage which is obstructing normal breathing. It also removes the uvula, though the tonsils are not touched by the procedure. The aftereffect of such a surgery includes voice change, ear sore and dry mouth.
UPPP (or Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty) cures the snoring problem by enlarging the air passage. However the biggest drawback of this type of snoring operation is that the problem of snoring may come back and a second operation may be necessary. Other risks involve post-surgical infection, bleeding, difficulty in swallowing and speech problems.
CAPSO (or Cautery-Assisted Palatal Stiffening Operation) is the third type of snoring operation. As the name suggests, it involves stiffening of the palate (by burning) which in turn makes it difficult to vibrate. This is a relatively new procedure and its efficacy is yet to be determined.
Septoplasty is another type of snoring surgery where the aim is to straighten the cartilage inside the nasal cavity.
Somnoplasty on the other hand is considered a minor surgery that reduces the soft tissue in the upper section of the air passage.
Snoring is sometimes cured with the help of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy when the tonsils and the adenoids are enlarged. This surgical procedure involves removing the tonsils as well as the adenoids that is the gland situated behind the throat.
However, it has been seen in recent studies that tonsils play an important role in the prevention of several types of diseases; so you might like to think twice before removing this body part completely.
In cases where all of the above procedures are not possible, surgeons sometimes perform what is known as “maxillomandibular advancement”. This is one of the most complex surgical procedures where the bones holding the upper and lower jaw are cut to bring the lower jaw forward by about 12 millimeters.
Before you opt for surgery as a snore cure, keep in mind that snoring is not necessarily due to restricted airflow. While it is wrong to say that snoring operations are ineffective in curing snoring problems, it might still be a wiser decision to check out the less painful and risky options before you finally decide to go under the surgeon’s scalpel.