Relieving Snoring with Surgery

Posted by Dr. Levine in Snoring Tips

Not only is snoring annoying to those around you, but it’s usually a sign of ailments and illness. Snoring can lead to other medical issues as well, so it’s important to see a physician when snoring becomes an ongoing issue.

Although there are several options when it comes to stopping snoring, for more severe cases, surgery is often suggested as the best option.

What Does Surgery for Snoring Consist Of?

This minimally invasive procedure offers permanent solutions for those that snore. By using heat to shrink the soft tissue and by trimming that tissue, the palate is restored.

The procedure is conducted in the back of the throat through radio frequency and surgical tools, and has an extremely high success rate at alleviating snoring.

While most patients see this success after their first surgery, some patients may have to go through several treatments before finding optimal results.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common condition to receive this treatment. Although traditionally this condition had been very difficult to cure, studies have shown that patients who had undergone surgical procedures to treat it have been able to eliminate almost all its symptoms.

Sometimes referred to as somnoplasty, the surgery for snoring is an in-office procedure. Local anesthetic will be administered prior to the surgery and aftercare specifications will be given. Swallowing might be a sensitive matter for the next day or so and only liquids and soft foods should be consumed.

Why Should I Get Surgery for Snoring?

If snoring is preventing you from getting a good night’s rest and is causing for other physical or mental conditions, you’re likely a great candidate for the procedure.

It’s important that normal breathing remains consistent throughout the night. Shallow breathing is what causes for people to snore and the obstructions in the airway are what cause this. By getting surgery, the obstructions are reduced or removed, and soft tissues are either melted down or trimmed away, depending on what method your surgeon feels is best.

After being conducted, you will notice that you’re sleeping more soundly and that you feel more rested. You’ll be capable of deep breathing and your energy will be restored, and you will no longer feel embarrassed due to snoring.

There will be some side effects that come with the surgery, but as long as you follow the aftercare instructions from your surgeon, the healing process will go along smoothly. The mouth and inside organs heal quickly, and patients generally feel just a slight discomfort after the procedure has been conducted.

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