Surgery for Snoring: What are the Options?

Quite a few chronic snorers have more than likely considered snoring surgery at some point.  Snoring is more than just an annoyance and inconvenience; it is, in fact, something that can cause serious damage to your throat, mouth, lungs, and even to your ears depending on the volume!  And of course it’s not always the snorer himself or herself that is looking into a snoring surgery as a cure for snoring as it can also be difficult for others in the home to put up with the situation as well.

Happily So there are quite a few options to consider when it comes to a snoring surgery.  Some are very quick and painless and are done on an outpatient basis alone whereas others are more involved and of course riskier. 

 The first thing you need to do when considering any snoring surgery is of course have your doctor or dentist pinpoint the exact cause of your snoring.  This is going to be different for everyone and this will determine just which type of surgery is going to be right for you.

Radio frequency ablation is one type of somnoplasty snoring surgery.  Somnoplasty refers to a cutting away or stiffening and tightening of the tissue in and around the soft palate, which is the area at the roof of the mouth in the back.

  When there is excessive tissue in this area or the tissue is somewhat flabby, it will vibrate when a person breathes through their mouth at night causing snoring.  Most types of somnoplasty when performed as a surgery to cure snoring are very quick and painless and have very little risk of bleeding or complications.  Patients are back to their regular routine the next day and may only experience some mild swelling and discomfort.

Some snorers may need a tonsillectomy as a surgery to cure snoring.  If the tonsils, adenoids, uvula, or other areas of the throat are swollen or infected these too can cause snoring as they will vibrate when a person breathes.

  Having any of these removed can be a permanent cure for snoring.  Of course this type of surgery is a bit more complicated and may require an overnight hospital stay or a longer recovery time.

  Any snoring surgery that you are considering should be given very careful consideration and preparation.  Not every surgery will work for every person but most are very successful.


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