Facts About Snoring Surgery and Six Common Procedures
About surgery and snoring
Snoring is a very common problem and for some people many different approaches to stop it have not worked. Whether it would be various snoring aids and devices, CPAP machine, snoring pillows, nutrition aids and they have not found something that works. Especially if a person has sleep apnea they may find themselves in this position where they need to consider surgery. Surgery is the last resort in solving a snoring problem, many procedures have a high success rate and you need to know all your options. This article will give you information about six of the most common surgical procedures for snoring.
Specialist that perform the procedure
Doctors that perform the surgery are ears; nose throat doctors also called ENTs, other specialists for these procedures are maxillofacial surgeons.
Six common surgical procedures for snoring cessation
CAPSO Cautery Assisted Palatal Stiffening operation: hardens the tissues of the soft palate and the throat. This can be done on a outpatient basis
CAUP Cautrey Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty shortens the uvula, can also be done on an outpatient basis.
Pillar procedure places 3 to 4 small rods in the soft palate to firm it. This procedure is FDA approved and has been performed by dentists.
LAUP Laser Assisted Uvuloprolatoplasty looks to vaporize part of uvula and soft palate. It will shorten the uvula and reduce the soft palate.
Balloon Sinuplasty-uses a balloon catheter to enlarge sinus passages
Deviated septum surgery straightens the septum the cartilage between the nostrils.
Success Rates with these procedures
With the CAPSO procedure has success rate on the short term of 90% while on the long term at 75%. The CAUP procedure has about 80% success rate of the data reviewed. Keep in mind with procedure it does not address the soft palate which can very commonly cause snoring, was reported that patients needed follow surgery to address that cause. Pillar procedure is relatively new procedure was reported that 80% of bed partners noticed an improvement also about the improvement with sleep apnea patients. LAUP procedure has a 70% to 80% success rate with snoring. Balloon Sinuplasty and deviated septum surgery has no definitive data on effectiveness.
Common problems with surgery
Many of the same problems and risks you have with other surgical procedures you can have with snoring cessation surgery. Though these procedures are relatively low risk procedures, you could develop complications such as infection and soreness.
By understanding the options you have with snoring reduction surgery you can able make the best decision for you and your family.