Here is a rundown of the most common snoring surgeries; and why they arent working as well as people expect them to.
This procedure is designed to create an opening in the trachea (sometimes this is called a tracheotomy.)It is reported to be irritating to tissues and possibly cab cause scarring. It requires follow-up surgery. Also, nasal secretions can clog the air pipe and lead to breathing difficulties.
This procedure is designed to expand the airway and end snoring. It is expensive and may require follow-up surgery if obstruction occurs again. There is a risk of post-operation infection, possible speech defectsand swallowing problems. In addition, the surgery has a higher than normal hemorrhage risk. It is not effective for Sleep Apnea.
Laser Assisted Uvuloplasty (LAUP)
This procedure uses lasers to remove uvula and obstructing tissues, without removing tonsils or lateral tissues. It may cause dry mouth and changes to the voice (to be avoided by people who require their voice to earn their living, needless to say)and pain in the ears. It has an unpredictable success rate and has been known to mask deeper problems and/or lead to new complications.
Cautery-Assisted Palatal Stiffening Pperation(CAPSO)
This a surgery where to surgeon burns the palate in order to stiffen it against vibration, and removes the mucosa along the uvula. It is currently in experimental stages (and so is unproven). There have been reports of post-operation discomfort. It is quite expensive and it is difficult predicting if the surgery will be successful.
And there are a few new surgical options that are gaining some attention, including somnoplasty and snoreplasty. Like CAP SO, these procedures are unproven and the success rate, and long-term impact, is not yet known.
Overall, then, while snoring surgery can be useful and effective for some sufferers (and their families, roommates, neighbors, heck, even their pets!), its clear that surgery has not proven to a panacea, offering risk-free cures for this dangerous, and potentially life-affecting condition.
Fortunately, however, there are some proven non-surgical remedies some quite old and some rather new that are helping hundreds of millions of people deal effectively, responsibly, and safely with their snoring problem.
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