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A Guide to Snoring Surgery and Recovery

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It may seem like an extreme idea, but snoring can be fixed with surgery. Snoring surgery can help a patient to be able to sleep again, especially for those who haven't been able to sleep for years. There is a lot to consider before going ahead with a snoring surgery with an ENT doctor, including:

  • Cost
  • Recovery time
  • Effectiveness

There are different types of snoring surgery out there, and this is because the reasons behind snoring differ from person to person. Some people deal with snoring because of sleep apnea, whereas others do so because of blockages in the throat. If you’re considering snoring surgery, it’s very likely that this is since you are desperate to sleep. Snoring surgery with an expert ENT doctor can make a huge difference to your life.

What causes snoring?

Every person snores for different reasons. For some, it’s because they have a cold and so cannot breathe through their nostrils anymore. For others, it’s because of the shape of their mouth and nothing they can do outside of a snoring surgery could help. In some cases, snoring surgery cannot cure the problem, but it’s always worth discussing your options with an ENT doctor.

Options for snoring surgery

There are plenty of options for snoring surgery and your ENT doctor should talk you through them before you decide. The three main options include:

  • Laser Surgery: In some cases, a handheld laser is used to remove the uvula and shorten the palate. This one move can enlarge the airway, and this is usually done in staged surgeries rather than in one go.
  • UPPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty): The ENT doctor will tighten and remove any excess tissue in the throat. This will prevent snoring over time. There are risks involved with this surgery, so you need to talk through these carefully.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation: Also known as somnoplasty, a low-frequency signal is used to bring the tissue down and reduce snoring. It’s a new procedure and is less painful than most, but the results aren’t entirely clear yet as to whether it’s a good snoring surgery option.

Who should have snoring surgery?

There are some that should consider snoring surgery more than others. Those with sleep apnea should consider it as it can slow down the long-term effects snoring can have on your lifestyle. Simple night snoring may not need something as extreme as snoring surgery, so lifestyle changes can be what makes the biggest difference. You can do this by changing your sleeping environment, stopping smoking and even using special pillows to prop yourself up.

What to expect from treatment recovery?

In most cases, there are no serious side effects from snoring surgery. Usually, the biggest issue is a sore throat. Speaking to your ENT doctor about post-surgical techniques for a faster recovery is a smart idea, so that you recover faster. You can do this with a lot of rest and following your post-operative care advice to the letter.