Surgery is not always required to treat snoring. In fact, snoring for many is pretty harmless that it doesn’t need invasive treatment. However, many people want it to disappear even if that means they have to undergo surgery. Surgery can help when other approaches have failed to provide good results. However, a proper evaluation is mandatory before the doctor performs surgery. You must remember that there are many factors that determine the outcome, such as age, gender, the severity of the problem, etc.
There are several types of surgery, but they all aim to open up the blockage in the breathing airways, so that you can gain back your normal breathing pattern. Surgery works by removing excess tissue that causes the blockage. Once it’s removed, the flow of air will improve. Surgery may also help correct the jaw or nose if the root of the problem lies in there.
Nasal surgery corrects problems in the nose. Snoring can occur because the air doesn’t flow effortlessly through the nasal passages in which surgery can help. Following examination, the doctor may decide that the snoring happens because there is a serious blockage in the nose. Surgery aims to get rid of that blockage. As with other procedures, this also has some risks, but they aren’t worrying as long as the surgery is successful.
Also known as UPPP, this surgery is very common for treating sleep apnea. This procedure involves the removal of some tissue of the soft palate and uvula. It may also include the tonsils if the doctor figures that it’s necessary. This surgery is performed at a hospital, but most patients can leave after 24 hours.
Every surgery has risks. Therefore, you must ask your doctor the risks associated with the procedure you’re about to go through. In many cases, the effects of this surgery include throat pain, bleeding, and changes in speech quality. Sometimes the patient may also feel like something is getting stuck in his throat following the surgery.
Not just for snoring, this treatment could also be effective for sleep apnea. As the name suggests, this procedure uses a laser to take out some of the soft palate and uvula. This also has some side effects although they are usually minimal.
Unlike the previous procedure that takes advantage of the power of a laser, this one uses radio waves for the same purpose. Exposure to radio waves would make the uvula and surrounding tissue shrink. As the airway increases in size, the symptoms will also improve. However, you still need to be concerned about the risks as it may cause mouth ulcer, nerve pain, and other problems.