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Is Surgery The Answer To Your Snoring Problem?

Feb 12, 2008
In some cases, common remedies for snoring are just not going to solve the problem. There are cases where the only way to stop snoring is to undergo surgery.

There are several types of surgical procedures to stop snoring. The one that's best for you will depend on your body and the contributing factors to your snoring problem.

To find out what option is best for you, you'll want to consult with a otolaryngologist, a surgeon who specializes in nose, throat and ears. Unfortunately, snoring surgery is often considered a cosmetic procedure by insurance companies and is not always covered.

LAUP

Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is one of the more common types of surgery for dealing with snoring. In a LAUP procedure, the uvula (the dangling tissue at the back of your mouth) is cut away with a laser. This has the effect of reducing its contact with your throat.

If your snoring is caused by the uvula partially blocking your airway, this surgery will often help.

Somnoplasty

Another type of surgery commonly used to help with snoring problems is radio frequency tissue ablation, or RFTA. This is done under the trade name "Somnoplasty" and was only recently approved by the FDA.

RFTA is another method for reducing the size of the uvula, helping to minimize its contact with your throat. With RFTA, you may need multiple sessions before you see results, and because it is a fairly new procedure, there is not a lot of data published on it yet.

Another recent procedure is know as Coblation-Channeling, a method using radio frequency to reduce the tissue in the airway itself. This procedure is even newer than RFTA however, so again there is not a lot of data published on it yet.

Repose

Another fairly recent procedure for dealing with snoring problems is called tongue suspension which goes under the tradename Repose. This type of surgery helps to keep your tongue from blocking your airways while you sleep.

A small screw is inserted into the lower jaw bone and stitches are placed below the tongue. This helps to keep the tongue in place at night.

The last procedure we'll look at is nasal deviation surgery. Blockages in the nose or a deviated septum can cause restricted breathing and lead to snoring. This surgery helps to remove those blockages.

An interesting side effect of this surgery is that it also helps to improve your breathing during the day. For that reason, it is often covered by medical insurance policies.

As with any type of serious treatment, you should always consult with a medical professional before considering any surgery. Talk to your doctor about your snoring to get their informed opinion of what treatment would be best suited for your situation.
About the Author
Is snoring surgery the right way to deal with snoring? There are other less severe ways to do it. Visit the Snoring Solutions website at http://www.snoringsolutions.org for more helpful information and to get a free copy of my report "Secrets Of A Good Night's Sleep"
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