Surgery Treatment For Snoring

Snoring can affect the sufferer by more than simply interrupting their sleep patterns. In some cases, the snorer ceases to breathe properly and may have moments where they are getting oxygen properly while they sleep. One condition that can be severe is known as sleep apnea.

This condition is means that the person who snores is having their breathing blocked and they may stop breathing for up to 50 times in one hour.

But how effective is snoring surgery in solving your snoring problem? People have a lot of fears about surgery, any kind of surgery. In this age we know that surgery is a medical procedure that has saved lives and will continue to do so.

I only recommend that you choose to have surgery for your snoring problem if it is very severe or is a symptom of diseases like sleep apnea or other breathing problems.

Here are the major categories of surgery for snoring :

1 . Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
Also known as Palatopharyngoplasty enlarges the throat at the tonsillar level. Usually the surgeon takes out your tonsils and parts of your uvula and soft palate.

2 . Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
A less expensive alternative to UPPP is laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty which uses laser techniques to shorten the uvula and vaporize parts of your palate.

3 . Cautery-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (CAUP)
Instead of a laser, some physicans use cautery equipment. A heated wire or electrode is used to burn away all or part of the uvula.

4 . Radio Frequency Tissue Ablation (RFTA)
Involves the use of a needle electrode to discharge energy waves that shrinks excessive tissues in the throat.

With some patients, surgery will not cure the problem of sleep apnea, though it may eliminate or reduce the snoring. It's often difficult to find the tissue that is the root of the snoring problem as it may be located further down the throat.

Also, if the tongue is blocking the airways, there is not much that can be down surgically to relieve the snoring.

On the other hand, some sleep apnea may be caused by problems other than the palate or obstructive tissue in the throat. A doctor may recommend that the patient lose weight or cut back on certain habits that may be causing the sleep apnea.

In some people, the condition is caused by alcoholic beverages and the patient will need to refrain from drinking before bedtime or give up drinking entirely. Smoking may also lead to sleep apnea, so ceasing these habits may be more productive than having surgery.

Using surgery to stop snoring is effective but there are less invasive snoring solution that are also very effective.


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