Surgery for snoring is the choice for many people, when all other methods to treat this embarrassing and distressing disorder have failed. But there are several options for surgery for snoring, and choosing what is most suitable for you is best done by your surgeon.
So you have to face the inevitable: going under the surgeon’s scalpel for treating your snoring problem.
Surgery for Snoring: Highlights of 08 Popular Procedures
Here are some brief highlights of eight different surgical procedures available to you. Knowing more about them could help you prepare better:
When excessive tissues at the back of the mouth block the air passage, doctors recommend UPPP or Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. This type of surgery for snoring involves reducing the additional soft tissues in the uvula, soft palette and the tonsils.
Though this type of surgery is done in most hospitals, the downsides to this effective method are the health risks and possible complications. Oral bleeding, scarring, throat pain are some of the expected side effects and speech alteration is also not rare.
Mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring is sometimes cured by a type of surgery for snoring called Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty or LAUP. This is a type of laser surgery for snoring for the removal of soft palate and the uvula. This procedure involves several sessions with the doctor.
Pillar implants are yet anther option for surgery for snoring.
Nasal surgeries like the septoplasty and inferior turbinate resection may not provide relief from snoring if used in isolation. They are best when used as an adjunct to more definitive type of surgery for snoring. This is the main reason why patients opting for surgery for treating snoring are usually recommended palatal procedures.
A relatively new procedure of surgery for snoring, done at the doctors’ chamber is the radio frequency tissue ablation (RFTA) which has a trade name called somnoplasty. This procedure is approved by FDA and involves shrinking the uvula. Like the LAUP, this surgery may also involve several sessions with the doctor.
There is a newer type of tissue ablation that is known by the trade name of Coblation-Channeling, and was approved by the FDA in 2000. This procedure also uses radio frequency to shrink the tissues of the airway along with removal of the tissues. However, the effectiveness of this procedure is yet to be published in any reputed scientific journal.
The website of American Sleep Apnea Association mentions another procedure of surgery for snoring, approved by FDA, known as the tongue suspension procedure, known by its trade name Repose.
This surgery for snoring aims to keep the tongue from retreating over the air passage during sleep with the help of a small screw inserted into the lower jaw bone and stitches below the tongue.
The surgery is done in conjunction with other procedures and is considered reversible. However no studies on the long-term efficacy of this procedure and dependable clinical data are yet available for this procedure.
If it is necessary to remove any obstruction in the nose, then you might opt for nasal surgery to correct a deviated septum. This surgery for snoring improves breathing during the day and is covered by insurance. However the blockage has to be located in the nose and nowhere else. Some surgeons prefer to advance the jaw when the problem is a misaligned jaw that is causing the individual to snore.