The most common surgery to help you stop snoring is Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Try saying that three times fast!
This is a procedure used to remove excess tissue in the throat to widen the airway. Surgeons can remove your uvula, part of the roof of the mouth also known as the soft palette, or excess throat tissue like the tonsils, adenoids, or the pharynx.
As with any surgery, it should be considered a last resort option because there are inherent risks with going under the knife. Anesthesia, excess bleeding, and accidental damage to surrounding blood vessels or tissues are possible complications, just to name a few. These risks may not out weight the benefit you will gain from the surgery as it is statistically successful in permanently stopping snoring in 63% of patients who receive it.
If you’re considering snoring surgery you must first consult a qualified ear-nose-throat specialist. Only after you intimately understand exactly the nature of your snoring can you discover if you are a good candidate for surgery.
Equally important, depending on why you snore you will have to look at your insurance policy closely to see if the procedure will be covered. Elective or cosmetic surgeries are not covered under just about any insurance plan we know of.
On a side note, if you’re going to pony up for a nose job to fix how you look aesthetically, then asking your doctor if something can be done at the same time to fix your breathing makes sense. Both cosmetic nasal surgery and a breathing operation can be done at the same time. Both surgeries are done from within the nose and no external incisions need to be made.
Typically, recovery time takes about 3 weeks for Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery. It may be very difficult to swallow during this time, and some post surgery complications may include extended sleep due to the medication, swelling, pain, bleeding and even infection. Oh and, try not to cough! Ouch! Drainage from your throat into the nose may also occur like a runny nose would. Your speech may have a nasal quality to it due to the fact that the swelling is going to narrow your throat before it widens with healing. Surgery can be used to stop snoring, but we don’t recommend it before exhausting other less expensive and successful possibilities.