8 Effective Surgical Procedures to Treat Snoring Completely
Snoring occurs when there is difficulty in the free flow of air from nose or mouth to your lungs which makes the tissues of airways to vibrate. This is caused more often when there is a blockage and narrowing in the mouth, nose and throat.
Snoring may be just occasional for some people but it irritates when it happens very often that effects the quantity and quality of sleep. Snoring could lead to irritability, poor sleep, day time fatigue and increased health problems.
The common causes of snoring are age, nasal and sinus problems, sleep posture, being overweight and consuming alcohol or smoking etc. Snoring causes disturbance to your family members, roommates and even your partner. Luckily, there are various surgical procedures to stop snoring.
Palatal surgery is done when snoring is caused due to palate which is opposed to base of tongue. So make sure of the cause of snoring before undergoing palatal surgery.
The main aim of this surgery is to stop the damage of the area around the throat called oropharyngeal segment. The palatal surgery is usually done by removing tonsils and also chief vibratory tissue that cause snoring.
Radio frequency ablation also called Somnoplasty is designed to remove the vibrant tissue of the soft palate.
This surgery is completely a new procedure to stop snoring problem and surgeons generally prefer to perform under general anesthetic.
It treats snoring problems related to palate and turbinate. This is a twenty minutes surgery that involves heating the reductant tissue to 85 degrees centigrade resulting in scarring of skin tissue.
Injection snoreplasty is one of the methods used to stop or treat snoring. This surgery involves injecting the chemical in to the tissues of soft palate. In U.K. it is not an effective method as the chemical used can affect surrounding tissues if the amount of chemical is not taken in required amounts.
The Pillar Procedure
The pillar procedure is safe, simple and effective as it stiffens your soft palate which helps to stop snoring. It is specially designed painless treatment which also treats obstructive sleep apnea (OSP). This is done within 20 minutes and performed in doctor’s clinic under local anesthetic.
The skilled specialist puts three tiny woven implants into the soft palate with a delivery tool. These implants help to stiffen the soft tissue of palate and reduce the vibration of tissue that causes snoring.
Laser-Assisted Uvuloplatoplasty (LAUP)
LAUP is more economical, safer and more comfortable method that is performed under general or local anesthetic to stop snoring.
This method involves in vaporizing process of soft uvula and palate by using laser. It is repeated several times to get the desired effect which varies from patient to patient. Tonsils cannot be removed with this process.
UPPP surgery is done to remove pharyngeal and uvula arches, tonsils and partial removal of the soft palate. It is done under general anesthetic. This surgery increases the width of oropharynx and treats palatal obstruction which helps to stop snoring.
Palatal Stiffening (CAPSO)
Palatal stiffening or CAPSO is an electrical procedure involves burning of palate that cause fibrosis and helps to stiffen the soft tissue. It is preformed under local anesthetic and less invasive which is effective in treating snoring.
Nasal septum is like wall between the two nasal passages which is made up of bone and cartilage. When bone or cartilage is not straight or deviated, it may lead to snoring problem.
Septoplasty is used to straighten the deviated septum and makes septum reconstruction to stop snoring. It is also effective in removing nasal polyps.