Stop Snoring Surgery

When stop snoring surgery is being considered as one of the options, it is most likely that the person has a loud snoring habit or is suffering from a condition of sleep apnea. This can lead to cardiovascular issues and other sleep deprivation factors that can affect one’s medical and social conditions. If various remedies and over the counter home treatments have been tried and still do not work, a visit to the doctor might be beneficial to the problem to help one determine the underlying causes and see if a surgery to stop snoring is necessary.

In the quest to find the cure for snoring, Dr. Takenosuke Ikematsu, known today to the medical experts as the “Father of Snoring”, started modern surgical treatment in Japan in 1952. His procedures involved removing excess tissues in the throat to enlarge the airway passage. He had a lot of successful procedures that his groundwork lead to the new and advanced surgical procedures that are being performed in the United States nowadays to address the snoring and sleep apnea problem.

A procedure called uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is one of the most commonly performed surgery for severe snoring which introduced by Dr. Shiro Fujita in the United States in 1980. This involves enlarging the patient’s pharynx by removing the uvula, tonsils and some parts of the soft palate. Another variation of this procedure is called laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP ) wherein the surgeon uses a laser to shorten the soft palate and cut away the uvula. This procedure was introduced in 1990 by a French surgeon named Dr. Yves Victor Kamamami and is performed under a local anesthetic and is known to provide a quick, safe and effective cure for snoring.

Surgery to stop snoring is generally recommended in only the most severe cases. An otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) will require the person to undergo a medical evaluation which includes the thorough examination of the upper respiratory tract (nose, mouth, throat, palate, and neck). An overnight sleep study might also be recommended to determine the severity of the snoring problem and how it is affecting his over all health. Through this, the ENT specialist will be able to decide whether the person is the right candidate for the surgery.

There are other stop snoring surgeries that involve targeting the different anatomical areas in the respiratory system. There is the surgery of the nasal cavity, surgery of the nasopharynx, surgery of the oropharynx, surgery of the hypopharynx and surgery of the trachea. Undergoing any of these evasive method is a huge decision and you should only accept this treatment after a doctor has fully explained all aspects such as recovery period, costs, risks and potential complications. The stop snoring surgery is definitely a highly personal decision and should be done after every aspect has been considered and evaluated.

Source: Snoring from A to ZZZ
by Derek S. Lipman, M.D.

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