Can You Fix Snoring with Surgery?
posted by Ear, Nose, and Throat | September 15, 2017
Snoring is a sound created by the vibration of tissues in the throat during sleep, and it can be treated using a number of options. Many of these are conservative options, including weight loss, changes to sleep habits or avoidance of alcohol.
In rare and severe cases where other treatments have failed to correct snoring, there are a few surgical methods available that may be effective.
Why is it Done?
Surgery for snoring is generally used to accomplish one of the following:
Types of Surgery
There are a few types and classifications for surgeries that may be performed to correct snoring:
Surgery is a rare choice for snoring, and there is no guarantee that it will fully cure snoring. Surgery does come with risks you should discuss with your surgeon or doctor, and for many people these risks do not outweigh the potential benefit of the surgery. In addition, because snoring is not always considered a medical problem, insurance may not cover surgical treatment to correct it.
If you’re dealing with severe snoring, speak to your doctor about whether surgery might be an option for you.
“Snoring – Surgery.” WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/tc/snoring-surgery
“Surgery Options for Snoring.” American Sleep Association. https://www.sleepassociation.org/surgery-options-snoring/
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.