Overview of Surgical Procedures for Snoring

Surgery is a life saving tool that has saved countless lives, but in this day and age, there is a surgical procedure for just about everything. Some of these procedures can be frivolous and unnecessary. When it comes to snoring specifically, surgery is not a guaranteed solution to the problem. It is essential that anyone who deals with snoring, either directly or indirectly is aware of this when looking for a way to fix the problem. The following examples go over the common surgical procedures for snoring and how they might disappoint the patient. These examples state the name of the surgical procedure, what it is designed to do and most importantly the many ill effects that have been reported as a result of each respective procedure.

The problems listed as a result of the different surgical processes are serious. These problems range from finances to long term or permanent issues the patient may have to deal with after undergoing snoring surgery. What each of these surgeries is actually designed to do can be an absolute turn off, and when you consider the problems associated with them, the compounded effects are something to be gravely considered when there are so many other options available. Again, this is why in most cases, surgery should be considered as a last resort, if at all.
These are the risks associated with surgical procedures for snoring specifically; there are other risks that are a part of any surgical procedure; but these other kinds of issues cannot be compared to the unique set of problems that snoring creates and the different surgeries designed to fix snoring. Cost for example, is always an issue, but should be taken into account for an issue like snoring whereas for an issue like cancer, or a failing organ, the cost must be incurred to preserve and improve life. Another risk is anesthesia. Being “put under” for surgery is not always the case, but for any kind of major surgery it is the case. Having surgery performed for snoring would require this and anesthesia has been known to result in complications if not death in some instances.

Name of Surgery: Tracheostomy.
Designed to create an opening in the trachea (sometimes this is called a tracheotomy).
Reported Problems: Irritating to tissues and possible scarring, requireing follow-up surgery, nasal secretions can clog air pipe and lead to breathing difficulties.

Name of Surgery: UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty).
Designed to expand the airway and end snoring.
Reported Problems: Expensive, it may require follow-up surgery of obstruction occurs again, post-operation infection, possible speech defects, it is higher than normal hemorrhage risk, swallowing problems, not effective for Sleep Apnea.

Name of Surgery: LAUP (Laser Assisted Uvuloplasty).
Designed to use lasers to remove uvula and obstructing tissues, without removing tonsils or lateral tissues.
Reported Problems: Dry mouth, changes to voice (to be avoided by people who require their voice to earn their living!), pain in the ears, unpredictable success rate, it can mask deeper problems and/or lead to new complications.

Name of Surgery: CAPSO (Cautery-assisted palatal stiffening operation).
Designed to burn the palate in order to stiffen it against vibration, and removes the mucosa along the uvula.
Reported Problems: Post-operation discomfort and pain, currently in experimental stages (unproven), difficulty. predicting if surgery will be successful, expensive.

Luckily there are other options available. Non-surgical answers to snoring abound, some of these remedies have been around for a long time, while others are relatively new. These less invasive steps to alleviating snoring are where the majority of relief from snoring comes from. Countless people use these alternative methods with great success around the world, making it easier for them and those around them to sleep and feel good.

Source: Quit Snoring Now – Recommended Anti Snoring Solutions. Author: Jessica Konn

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