Chronic snoring can be enough of a problem to keep you and your spouse awake at night. If you’ve already tried all of the best natural remedies out there, you may be looking for additional options.
You should always consider the risks carefully before undergoing a surgery. However, sometimes a procedure or operation is needed to get rid of your snoring habit for good.
Below are the five most common surgeries to cure snoring once and for all.
The Pillar Procedure is one of the most common and least invasive surgeries to cure snoring. This surgery can be done at your doctor’s office under local anesthetics.
The procedure only takes about 15 or 20 minutes. Recovery is usually very quick or immediate, and you can even go and eat or drink within a few hours.
What happens is that several 3/4″ long polyester fiber pillars will be inserted vertically into the soft pallet.
The operation causes hard scar tissue to form around the soft palate after 3-12 months. The scar tissue that has formed then stiffens. This reduces the vibrations and movements which lead to snoring.
Radiofrequency Palatoplasty is another operation that can help to cure a snoring habit. This procedure is very similar to the Pillar Procedure that is mentioned above.
Unlike the Pillar Procedure, this operation works using electric current. The process shrinks and stiffens the uvula and the soft palate, helping to prevent snoring.
The procedure is done in only a few minutes time, with a short recovery period of several days. Results are typically noticeable after about four weeks.
The Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery, or UPPP, is performed to get rid of snoring and can also help with minor sleep apnea.
This surgery is a bit more invasive than the previously mentioned procedures, however. The recovery period can also be longer and can take about three weeks.
The surgery works through the removal of tissue and widening of the airways.
A Tonsillectomy or an Adenoidectomy are also used to get rid of snoring. Instead of stiffening of the palate, these procedures work by removing either the tonsils or the adenoids.
Tonsils and adenoids can sometimes lead to snoring. Their removal can sometimes help patients to breathe easier at night.
These procedures, however, are outpatient procedures. The recovery period is usually about 1-2 weeks.
Nasal Surgeries to Cure Snoring
Clearing the nasal passageway is another popular method of getting rid of snoring. Several types of procedures help to do this.
Nasal congestion has often been shown to increase or cause snoring. As a result, eliminating nasal obstructions and causes such as allergies, septal deviation, and polyps can help to reduce snoring.
Procedures such as Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction (RFTR) can be performed under local anesthesia in an office setting. The procedure uses radiofrequency heat to shrink swollen tissues in both sides of the nose.
It can be a big decision to undergo surgery. It is best to try other methods first in order to deal with a snoring problem. Some methods include changing your diet or improving nightly habits.
If you’ve exhausted other options, however, one of the procedures above may be just what you need to get your sleep habits back on track again.
If you’re ready to find out more about possible options for curing snoring, contact us today.