There are quite a few different snoring surgery options available to Canadians. And in this post, we are going to discuss some of the more popular ones. These may not be the only surgical procedures at your disposal – but they are most definitely options that Canadians have access to that may warrant further research, to see which (if any) might be the right choice for you as you seek to treat your snoring problems.
Article at a Glance:
- 0.1 Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty Radio Frequency Surgery
- 0.2 The Pillar Procedure
- 0.3 Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, UP3 Type
- 0.4 Combination Tonsillectomy and Lateral Pharyngoplasty Procedure
- 0.5 Palate Surgery
- 0.6 Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA) Surgery
- 1 How Do You Know Which Surgical Procedure Is Right For You?
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty Radio Frequency Surgery
Yes, that is a long, long word… for a surgery that is actually surprisingly simple. In this surgery, radio-frequency energy is delivered with a probe in a few different locations along the soft palate. This heats the tissue and generates a small bit of damage, which will heal and scar. This is supposed to help ‘tighten things up,’ and is said to do a lot of good to help treat soft palate vibration. It even helps to prevent mild obstructive sleep apnea.
The Pillar Procedure
The Pillar Procedure is, perhaps, one of the most talked about anti-snoring surgeries as of late, and for good reason. It is very non-invasive (as far as surgeries go), and can be combined with radio-frequency procedures to make it even more effective.
In this procedure, woven implants are placed into the soft palate in an attempt to ‘stiffen it up,’ which can help to prevent not just snoring, but also obstructive sleep apnea. The implants themselves, along with the body’s natural response to them, both help to accomplish this.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, UP3 Type
The UP3 surgery basically involves the use of a laser or cautery-assisted procedure to remove tissue and tighten up the soft palate. This procedure is very similar to the radio frequency version… though it has largely been replaced by the latter because the laser procedures cause more pain, and are a lot less popular.
Nowadays, radio frequency versions of the procedure are simply much more common.
Combination Tonsillectomy and Lateral Pharyngoplasty Procedure
This procedure basically removes/repositions tissue at the side of the throat, as well as tonsil tissue. You might recognize a tonsillectomy as the procedure that has always been used to treat infection and inflammation in the tonsils… but today, it is also commonly used to help treat snoring and sleep apnea as well.
This surgery consists of three parts. The UP3, used in combination with a uvular flap rotation, and also a tonsillectomy.
Basically, it consists of a few basic parts. Tissue removal and repositioning is used to help solve snoring/vibration/obstruction problems in the soft palate/upper airway. There are actually a couple of different forms of this surgery… one of which can be reversed in the early stages of healing if it does not work correctly.
Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA) Surgery
This surgery, which has a much longer recovery period, can provide a huge boost to your odds of overcoming even really bad cases of sleep apnea. The only problem is the longer recovery time – coupled with a different set of potential risks.
This surgery basically helps to correct problems with jaw advancement – which can be a very key element in helping to stop obstructive sleep apnea.
How Do You Know Which Surgical Procedure Is Right For You?
If you suffer from severe snoring, or feel that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, then it is actually a really good idea for you to see a sleep specialist for a diagnosis. Snoring itself can be problematic – but sleep apnea can put you at an increased risk for a number of different serious health conditions… including heart disease, high blood pressure, and even stroke.
We often do not pay that much attention to sleep disorders, and think of them as something that we should just ‘get over’… but nothing could be further from the truth.
Sleep apnea will absolutely hurt your chances of living the healthiest life possible. Sleep, in fact, goes along with a good diet and exercise as a focal point of basic human health and well-being.
It is essential that you get enough rest. And the main problem with sleep apnea is that it can severely impact your quality of rest, and leave you sleep deprived… which is absolutely not good for anyone.