Types of Surgeries as Treatments for Snoring
Snoring is known to be the end result of the vibration happening in the
upper airway which includes parts such as the throat, mouth and the nose.
Due to blockages, turbulence is caused during respiration. While we
breathe virtually the whole day, we only snore at night because our
muscle tone is very much reduced at sleeping which encourages the
collapse of these tissues. Plus, the relaxed muscles are incapable of
preventing themselves from collision.
Snoring can basically originate anywhere from the nose down to the vocal
chords. Recently, researchers found out that the tongue plays certain
roles in causing and aggravating one's snores.
Snoring is involuntary, so there's no use of trying to control it at
will. It cant also be cured using simple measures. However, it can be
controlled by means of various devices and techniques.
However when snoring becomes too difficult for a commonly applied method
to handle, it could be the right idea to check on surgical methods to
deal with it. There are various surgical procedures to correct this
sleeping problem. But not all may be used in all cases.
Sometimes, thorough evaluation of the physical and physiological factors
must be rendered before an otolaryngologist would come up with the most
effective measures. Otolaryngologists are the specialists on problems
directly related with the throat, mouth and the nose.
Another known treatment for snoring is the Tongue Suspension Procedure or
Repose. This works by inserting a small screw under the tongue into the
jaw. This way, the tongue will be prevented from falling back during
sleep. While many report of its effectivity in controlling the cause of
snores, most physicians agrees that this is an irreversible option so
careful thinking is evaluation.
For snorers whose main cause of snoring is the nose, nasal surgery is
most likely to find the solution. While it is considered, in general, as
a cosmetic type of surgery too few can deny that it actually works for
This method is also used for patients who are suffering from deviated
nasal septum. This doesn't only help the snorer during his sleep but can
also add comfort in breathing during the day.
The LAUP or Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty is the advanced modification
of the traditional treatment called Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or UPPP.
This procedure works by cutting the uvula (which is the dangling part
that most often than not causes the obstruction of the air passage) that
is located at the rear part of the roof of the mouth. This procedure
works best when the persistent problem lies on the uvula.
Radio Frequency Tissue Ablation, also known as Samnoplasty, is a
relatively new technique approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
This also basically removes parts of the uvula.
While there is not much data published in relation with Coblation-
Channeling, we are for certain that this method employs the principle of
removing any tissue that obstructs the air passage by means of radio
frequency. On some cases, tissues are fully removed when the need arises.
Surgery as treatment for snoring must be taken as the last resort when
everything else you've tried failed. Before diving into an option, be
sure that you are completely evaluated of the actual causes of your
condition. Ensure yourself also that you have the best doctor in your
spectrum of choices.