Three Surgical Options for Treating Your Snoring

If your snoring has started to impact the quality of sleep that you and your partner are able to enjoy, and if other measures, like new pillows or the use of certain medications, has not solved the problem, your physician may suggest snoring surgery. However, there are several different surgeries that might be appropriate for your needs, and it is a good idea to understand which surgery might be an appropriate choice for your symptoms. Therefore, the following information will be very useful as you are evaluating the different options that you might benefit from.

#1—If You Have a Narrow Airway As a Result of Excess Tissue in Your Throat

When excess tissue has crowded the throat, there is often insufficient space for the air to pass through. When that happens, snoring is a common result. Fortunately, your surgeon can remove that extra tissue, which will return your nocturnal breathing abilities. This can be done using standard surgical equipment, but in recent years it has also become possible for the surgery to be done with lasers. Regardless, this kind of surgery has proven to be effective for many snorers over the years. The procedure is known as either uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.

#2—If Your Tonsils and Adenoids Block Your Airway

For many years, it was standard for surgeons to remove the tonsils or adenoids out for many children as soon as they had more than one or two cases of tonsillitis. However, in the last 50 years or so, it has become more common for that surgery to be used only when tonsillitis has become a chronic problem. This means that many adults have not had a tonsillectomy. 

As a result, some adults who snore do so because of their larger-than-average tonsils and adenoids. Their size blocks the airway, and this makes breathing more difficult and results in snoring. Therefore, your physician may recommend surgery to remove your tonsils, a procedure known as a tonsillectomy. It may also be necessary to remove your adenoids via an adenoidectomy in order for your breathing to resume normally. Fortunately, both surgeries are usually outpatient procedures that involve patients eating a limited diet for a brief period of time afterward. Many adults recover quickly. 

#3—If You Have Nasal Polyps

A third procedure may be necessary if your snoring can be attributed to the presence of round tissues in your nasal cavities and sinuses known as polyps. As non-cancerous growths that frequently occur as the result of a chronic sinus infection or allergies, polyps are rarely dangerous. However, their mere presence can make breathing more challenging.

In that instance, an outpatient procedure known as a nasal polypectomy may eliminate your snoring.  

In conclusion, snoring is a common problem in many homes, and when less invasive procedures have been unsuccessful, surgery may become necessary. If your physician has mentioned that surgery might help your snoring, being aware of the common snoring surgeries listed above is a good idea.