stop snoring surgery options

Stop Snoring Surgery Options


There are a few types of surgical procedures available that help to improve snoring condition. Usually, insurance companies classify these surgeries as elective and cosmetic so chances are it will be costly. After consulting an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) which might suggest a battery of tests and possibly a sleep study, he might recommend one of these surgical procedures:

Uvulopalatoharyngoplasty (UPPP)

excess tissues are surgically removed from the back of the throat. The tissues removed often include excess uvula tissue, tonsils, adenoids, and pharynx tissue. UPPP is effective in reducing snoring as it widens the patient’s airways but in the long term it only cures between 46%-73% of cases. Full recovery lasts about three months during this period of time swallowing is extremely difficult.

Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)

This procedure is a modification of the UPPP procedure. In LAUP, the surgeon uses a laser to remove the excess tissues mentioned in a series of 2-5 procedures lasting about 30 minutes each. This type of procedure is recommended only for those who suffer a disruptive and loud snoring condition.

Nasal surgery

People who suffer from a deviated septum resulting in a significant nose blockage have the option of correcting it by undergoing nasal surgery.

Genioglossus and hyoid advancement

This procedure prevents the collapsing of the lower throat by pulling the tongue muscles forward. a procedure which is usually performed on patients who suffer from OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).

Tongue suspension

This procedure helps in treating snoring by keeping the patient’s tongue from falling down his throat during sleep. A screw is inserted into the lower jawbone and is attached to the tongue from below. This procedure is reversible.

Radio Frequency Tissue Ablation (RFTA)

A relatively new technique, RFTA (also known as Somnoplasty) uses an electrode in a form of a needle. Energy is emitted in order to cause excess tissue to shrink. The tissue then gets reabsorbed naturally back into the body. Like the LAUP procedure, RFTA also requires a series of sessions, and local anesthesia is used.

Coblation channeling

An even newer procedure, Coblation channeling both shrinks and removes excess tissue.

What causes snoring in adults (Top 5 Reasons)

Top 5 Reasons which causes snoring in adults


Snorers often spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars on all kinds of snoring products. Unfortunately, many of them are not aware that the most common reason for snoring is lifestyle-based. Sometimes, all it takes to eliminate snoring is to make some lifestyle changes which, in many cases, might even save them money.

Here are some examples of bad habits which can cause snoring and what can you do about them:

  1. Smoking – can lead to an airway obstruction which can cause a person to snore. The treatment is simple – stop smoking.
  2. Alcohol – drinking alcohol leads to the over-relaxation of the throat muscles resulting in snoring. It has been proven that most alcoholics have a snoring problem. Alcohol is a depressant that causes the muscles to unwind and relax, sometimes too much. Although alcohol can lead to serious snoring problems, the treatment is quite simple – refrain from drinking it. If you think you cannot cope with the absence of alcohol in your life, maybe you should consider getting professional help.
  3. Drugs – drug abuse, sleeping pills, and other tranquilizing drugs often cause snoring. There are many drugs which have various tranquilizing properties. These tranquilizing effects lead to the over-relaxation of the muscle tissue in the throat which results in snoring. You should avoid any use of drugs and in case you are using sleeping pills, consult your doctor about alternatives.
  4. Obesity – being overweight causes excess tissue to form in the throat area. When a person starts gaining weight, some of the fat building up in the body accumulates in the throat area which narrows the airways and increases the chance for snoring. It might be a good idea to go on a diet and start exercising.
  5. Nasal congestion – people with stuffed noses are more likely to snore because they breathe through their mouths instead of their noses. If this is your case, you should treat your nasal congestion by using various methods such as nasal sprays, nasal strips, or steam machines.