Stop Snoring Surgery Options
There are a few types of surgical procedures available that help to improve snoring condition. Usually, insurance companies classify these surgeries as elective and cosmetic so chances are it will be costly. After consulting an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) who might suggest a battery of tests and possibly a sleep study, he might recommend one of these surgical procedures:
excess tissues are surgically removed from the back of the throat. The tissues removed often include excess uvula tissue, tonsils, adenoids, and pharynx tissue. UPPP is effective in reducing snoring as it widens the patient’s airways but in the long term it only cures between 46%-73% of cases. Full recovery lasts about three months during this period of time swallowing is extremely difficult.
Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
This procedure is a modification of the UPPP procedure. In LAUP, the surgeon uses a laser to remove the excess tissues mentioned in a series of 2-5 procedures lasting about 30 minutes each. This type of procedure is recommended only for those who suffer a disruptive and loud snoring condition.
People who suffer from a deviated septum resulting in a significant nose blockage have the option of correcting it by undergoing nasal surgery.
Genioglossus and hyoid advancement
This procedure prevents the collapsing of the lower throat by pulling the tongue muscles forward. a procedure which is usually performed on patients who suffer from OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).
This procedure helps in treating snoring by keeping the patient’s tongue from falling down his throat during sleep. A screw is inserted into the lower jawbone and is attached to the tongue from below. This procedure is reversible.
Radio Frequency Tissue Ablation (RFTA)
A relatively new technique, RFTA (also known as Somnoplasty) uses an electrode in a form of a needle. Energy is emitted in order to cause excess tissue to shrink. The tissue then gets reabsorbed naturally back into the body. Like the LAUP procedure, RFTA also requires a series of sessions, and local anesthesia is used.
An even newer procedure, Coblation channeling both shrinks and removes excess tissue.