Cure Snoring Through Surgery
When other treatments have failed, and the snoring is severe and results from deformity in the airways passages, surgical intervention can be an option. There are several surgical procedures available depending on the cause.
If excessive tissue in the throat is the cause, tonsils and adenoids may need to be removed. In years past, this was a routine procedure performed primarily in children. More recently, it has become less common. The recovery phase can be very uncomfortable and the risk of severe bleeding must be taken into consideration.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is the procedure done to remove excess tissue in the throat to widen the airway. This is performed under general anesthesia and can be a painful procedure. Post-op hospitals stays can be up to three days and recovery up to two weeks. A relatively new alternative is Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LUAP). LUAP generally requires three to five treatments. Through the use of laser, the tissue in the back of the mouth and nose is slowly scarred resulting in tightening. No actual tissue is removed. In Canada, LUAP is being performed in One Step, there by reducing cost and discomfort, and the results are quite high.
Radiofrequency palatoplasty shrinks and tightens the back part of the roof of the mouth using electrical current. Once stiffened, there is less chance of vibration, reducing your likelihood of snoring.
Nasal Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to straighten a deviated (crooked) septum (the bone between the two nostrils).
Nasal polypectomy can be performed if nasal polyps are the culprits inducing the snoring.
Some things to think about if you are considering surgery are:
- Is the discomfort and recovery period worth it?
- Will your insurance cover it?
- How effective is it?
- What are the possible side effects?
- What are the risks?
- Are there any other alternatives?
If you are considering surgery for your snoring, seek the advice of a Board Certified Otolaryngologist. They specialize in nose and throat medicine and can advise you on your options. Also, consider getting a second opinion. It is always a good idea prior to any surgery.