Is Surgery the Answer to Chronic Snoring?

List: Posted: 12/10/10

Although surgery is a last resort for snoring (health insurance providers may also not cover the cost), it can be highly effective for patients who are simply running out of options. 

For those who do opt for surgery, the results are promising: snoring is greatly reduced in eighty percent of all patients. The surgery entails the removal of tissue through laser surgery.

Snoring is a problem that involves either the upper throat tissues and soft palate or the nasal tissues. The surgical procedure typically involves the scraping away of excess tissue, which allows the patient to then breathe normally at night because the passageway is clear and open.

Although any surgery is serious, the operation can be done in an outpatient facility in approximately 30 minutes. There are usually no major complications as a result of snoring surgery, or somnoplasty, although additional surgery may be needed if the snoring does not resolve.

The surgery usually involves local anesthesia, and many patients don't find the process painful. Healing takes place in a matter of weeks, and the patient will typically see a major improvement in snoring within a month, once the tissues have healed. It’s important to note that the snoring will be worse before it gets better, as the tissues heal and shrink post-surgery.

Though there may be minor complications, for many people, surgery is an effective option to resolve snoring for good, and return to a healthy and restful night's sleep. 

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