OK everyone, I have to admit I am a snorer, my wife hates it, so I am going to start doing something about it, I have tried every stop snoring mouthpiece, and non seem to work. I have researched it a lot and thought I would writer about the surgery part of it, which looks like the route I will have to take.
If you suffer from snoring it may be assumed that surgery is the only way you can stop it. Most of us are able to decrease our symptoms by simply using an anti-snoring mouthpiece.
While others may opt for a painful surgery where you risk more damage than good. It is important that surgery is not your first instinct, but you should understand the different options you have.
The least invasive surgery, the Pillar Surgery, is done under local anesthesia and only takes about 20 minutes in your doctor’s office. In this procedure the doctor will insert about five different polyester fiber pillars about an inch long are installed into your soft palate.
After about 3 months to a year scar tissue will begin to harden your soft palate and thereby decrease your throat vibrations.
There are not many issues that arise with this procedure, however, you can expect a severely sore throat to make swallowing and speaking difficult, and can give you an overall uncomfortable feeling.
Radiofrequency Palatoplasty Surgery
With this surgery, you go through a procedure that is based closely to the Pillar Surgery mentioned above. In this procedure they use an electrical current instead. Inserting a specialized device that shrinks and hardens your uvula and soft palate. This procedure only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete with a short recovery time of 3 days or less.
One of the most common complaints past receivers have stated that it causes a painfully sore throat. Your snoring symptoms will reduce within four months, but you may still need more treatment to get the results you want.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty [UPPP] Surgery
UPPP is one of the most invasive procedures that you can have performed. In order to open your airway, parts of your uvula, adenoids, tonsils, soft palate, and pharynx could be removed. This allows you airway to stay free of obstructions with an average recovery time of three weeks. Expect a lot of pain and inflammation during those weeks.
Adenoidectomy / Tonsillectomy
In a lot of cases, snoring is caused by oversized adenoids or tonsils. If this is your case, then you may have to receive surgery to have them removed. This surgery is performed while you are sedated under general anesthesia with a typical recovery time of about two weeks. Expect soreness and swelling during the recovery.
Injection Snoreplasty Surgery
This is the most detailed and therefore most invasive surgery you can get to stop your snoring. During this procedure Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate is injected with other types of hardening agents into your soft palate. You then will begin to form blisters after a couple of days which work to harden your soft palate. Expect severe discomfort that lasts for many days after having this surgery performed.
What Should You Do?
Of course we all want our snoring to end as soon as possible, and although these methods may seem like the answer—there are a lot of negatives. Recovery times for all of these surgeries can be very discomforting, and can take longer than expected. Not only that but surgeries give you a massive medical bill when they are finished.
With an anti-snoring mouthpiece, you can stop your snoring the night you receive one. Though minor soreness can be expected, it saves you time and pain in a much more effective way.
Discover all the different types of anti-snoring mouthpieces to see if you can find one that fits you just right, before you decided on a surgery.