Snoring Surgery

Do you suffer from a snoring problem? If you have tried every known remedy for helping you to stop snoring but have had no luck, you might wish to consider making an appointment with your doctor.

Snoring SurgerySnoring surgery is not commonly used and it's only considered if the snorer has a very severe snoring problem and when other snoring treatments have been tried but are unsuccessful. Surgery for snoring is done to remove excessive amounts of tissue from the throat so that the upper airways are opened wide. Stop snoring surgery may involve taking out the patient's tonsils and adenoids and other tissue which is located at the back of the throat.

Snoring surgery also can be done to repair a deviated septum or to remove polyps which have developed in the nasal passages as both block the flow of air through the nose. The bone structures of the upper airway also can be surgically changed to help open the nasal passages. Stop snoring surgery can consist of implanting plastic cylinders into the soft palate to stiffen it and to prevent vibration what causes snoring.

Laser Surgery for Snoring

Laser Snoring SurgeryOf all surgery choices for snoring, laser surgery is the most commonly used. With the use of a laser beam, a surgeon can shrink the soft palate and uvula by vaporizing the tissue. This type of surgery usually requires three to five treatments. It's less invasive and risky then general surgery which is performed using a scalpel in an operating room while the patient is under general anesthesia.

The most common laser snoring surgery is called LAUP or laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty. With this type of surgery, a CO2 laser is used to cut away the uvula, a portion of the soft palate and part of the tonsils. The effectiveness of this type of surgery for snoring is considered to be very good. Between 80-90% of patients undergoing this surgery report an improvement in their snoring wherein it is either reduced or completely eliminated. 

Home Treatment Preferred

Snoring SurgeryYou should always try all know home treatments for snoring before considering undergoing snoring surgery. There are numerous stop snoring devices on the market which are affordable and easily obtainable. Many snorers have found relief by making changes to their lifestyles such as losing weight, cutting or restricting alcohol usage and through the use of devices designed to help people stop snoring. If you do decide to explore the possibility of undergoing surgery for snoring, make an appointment with your primary healthcare provider. If he or she feels that you are a candidate for snoring surgery, you will be referred to a specialist who will conduct an examination to see if you are indeed a candidate.

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- effectiveness of laser surgery is from 80 to 90%

- use snoring surgery as last resort of home remedies or snoring devices cannot help