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Only Consider Snoring Surgery if All Else Fails

One of the last resorts for curing snoring problems is usually snoring surgery. If you or your partner has continuous snoring issues and no medication or anti snoring devices seem to work, then it may be time to visit with your doctor to see what options are available for surgery to stop snoring.

Of course, surgery should always be a last resort and you should try all other anti snoring methods available before deciding on an expensive and sometimes risking snoring surgery. It is also only used after a person has undergone serious lifestyle changes such as increased exercise, weight loss, and abstaining from alcohol for several hours before going to sleep. Nonetheless, sometimes surgery to stop snoring can be necessary and in some cases may be the only way that a person can finally rid themselves of their snoring problem.

Surgery is very rarely performed for snoring problems, and when it is, it is usually done by a private sleep and snoring clinic. Still, there are multiple surgeries that can help a person finally stop snoring and allow their partner to finally get a good night’s rest. Some are simple outpatient procedures, while others are more complicated and invasive surgeries that may even require an overnight stay in the hospital, or possibly even several nights.

Problems with Snoring Surgeries


One issue that people have with snoring surgeries is that they may or may not be covered by insurance, and if not, they can be extremely costly. The problem is that snoring is not considered by many insurance companies to be a medical problem, and unless your doctor can vouch for it being a medical issue, it likely will not be covered by insurance


Another common complaint with these surgeries is that like other anti snoring devices, surgery may not completely cure the problem and the person may continue to snore, albeit usually somewhat quieter than before.

Most Common Surgeries to Quit Snoring
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

snoring surgeryUPPP is a surgery that is performed when the soft tissue inside the mouth has been determined to be the cause of snoring. This surgery is quite invasive so is therefore performed only when the person has been completely put to sleep through the use of a general anesthetic. In UPPP, the surgeon removes excess soft tissue from inside the mouth. 

The parts that may be removed during this surgery include the uvula (the little ball that hangs down at the back of your mouth), parts of the soft palate, the pharynx, and other excess throat tissue. The excess tissue is removed when it is determined that it partially blocks the airway while sleeping, resulting in loud snoring. 

UPPP is one of the rarer surgeries performed, and is only done as an absolute last result. It normally takes a person around three weeks to recover from this surgery, during which time most patients report extreme difficulty and pain while swallowing. 

Due to this, many people who have undergone UPPP surgery say that they would not do it again or recommend it to others. Another major reason that this surgery is not very common is that serious complications can arise following this surgery, although only in rare cases.

  • Uvulopalatoplasty (UP)

snoring surgeryUP is a very similar surgery to UPPP; however it is much less invasive because it is performed with lasers instead of a traditional surgery. While laser surgery for snoring may be less invasive than UPPP, many patients still report pain and difficulty swallowing for two weeks or more following this procedure. It is become an increasingly more common way to remove excess tissue from the back of the mouth, including the uvula and soft palate. 

Despite this, many doctors still have doubts as to its effectiveness and believe that if this type of surgery is necessary, then UPPP may be the better option.

  • Radiofrequency Palatoplasty or Ablation

This type of surgery is similar to UPPP and UP, except that it uses high frequency radio waves on the uvula and palate. The main difference is that no tissue is removed. Instead, the radio waves are used to stiffen and shrink the uvula and palate, which can reduce the vibrations which cause snoring. This is surgery is only used when soft tissue vibrations are the issue, and not when there is too much soft tissue.

  • Soft Palate Implants

snoring surgeryThere are several different kinds of soft palate implant surgeries, and they are one of the most common types of snoring surgery performed at sleep and snoring clinics. In this type of surgery, small implants are inserted into the palate, which causes scar tissue to form and the palate to stiffen. This again reduces the vibrations in the soft tissue in the mouth which is one of the main causes of snoring. 

Most palate implant procedures are fairly simple outpatient surgeries which can be performed in one day at a sleep clinic. Normally a local anesthetic gel is applied to the area and then a number of implants are inserted. The most common implant surgery is The Pillar Procedure.

  • Nasal Septoplasty

This surgery is used to repair a deviated septum which causes excessive snoring. It is used to repair the bone and tissue, known as the septum, which separates the nasal cavities. This is one of the more common snoring surgeries performed, but only in cases of a deviated septum or other nasal deformities.

  • Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

These two surgeries are used if the tonsils or the adenoids are enlarged and block the airways while sleeping. Tonsillectomy involves removing the tonsils, while adenoidectomy is the removal of the adenoids. Both surgeries used to be done in the traditional method, although now it is much more common to use less invasive lasers to remove them.

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