Surgical Snoring Option

If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea and live in Canada, then you will likely be relieved to learn that there are actually a lot of surgical options at your disposal for treating the problem. Surgical options are not usually the first thing that people think of when it comes to snoring and sleep apnea – but they do have their merits.

Surgical options are generally more permanent, and can sometimes do a lot of good in a very short period of time.

Of course, the downside is that you need to go through the procedure – and that sometimes it may not work. If it doesn’t, then you are not really out much, except for the downtime, of course… but procedures are also quite invasive, and that may not appeal to everyone either.

In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the most common surgical snoring options in Canada. Hopefully, the more you learn about these options, the closer you can come to figuring out if one of them might be right for you.

But keep in mind that these are very brief descriptions. Before making up your mind for sure, you should look closer at the type of procedure that you’re interested in.

How Are These Procedures Meant To Work?

There are several different procedures that are more commonly used to treat snoring and sleep apnea. Here are a few of them and how they work.

Uvulopalatoplasty (Radio-frequency)


This procedure is more for people with mild snoring or sleep apnea. Basically, energy is delivered with a probe to different locations on the soft palate, which heats the tissue and creates scarring that will help to tighten up the loose soft palate.

This same technique can be used on the base of the tongue as well, if that is the area causing the problem.

Pillar Procedure

How Does Pillar Procedure Work

In this procedure, small rods are inserted into the soft palate to help them stiffen up. The main downside to this one is that not everyone is a good candidate for it. But it has shown a lot of promise in treating both snoring and sleep apnea.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (Commonly known as UP3)


This procedure is more commonly used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, and involves the removal and tightening of some of the tissues in the airway to treat the root causes of the problem. Laser removal is one possible technique that may be used during such a procedure.

Lateral Pharyngoplasty And Tonsillectomy

This procedure basically involves the removal and repositioning of pharyngeal and tonsil tissue. This combination method, however, has generally shown to work better than a simple Tonsillectomy.

Palate Surgery (UP3, uvular flap rotation and tonsillectomy)

Palate Surgery

This surgical procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and is intended to treat obstructive sleep apnea. It basically combines tissue removal with tissue repositioning… though it is a bit more in-depth than some of the other procedures on this list.

Do We Believe That These Procedures Work?

There are certainly a lot of different surgical snore treatment options available to Canadians. There are also a lot of good reasons to consider a snoring procedure as a treatment for your snoring or sleep apnea.

But do we believe that these procedures are a good treatment option?

Well, the science speaks for itself in regard to surgical procedures for snoring. Yes, they can help, and often do. They might not help in every case, but it seems that they do tend to do a pretty good job the majority of the time. Of course, lifestyle changes can sometimes make just as much of a difference, as can much less invasive stop snoring devices and home remedies.

But on the flipside, snoring surgeries give you a one-time-shot at solving pretty much all of your future snoring problems – so that, in itself, is a good thing, right?

The key is to figure out if a certain procedure may be right for you. And for best results, you may need to talk to your doctor to figure that out.

The Positives

Here are the general positives about stop snoring surgeries…

  • If they work, they are usually permanent
  • They do have a very good track record of working
  • In Canada, you can often get these types of surgeries without having to pay for them out of pocket
  • They are a one-time-shot that can fix your snoring problems for good in some cases

The Negatives

Here are some of the downsides to stop snoring surgeries…

  • The procedure itself is often quite invasive
  • There is a chance that you will go through the entire procedure and still snore
  • If you have to pay for a surgery out of pocket, it is very expensive
  • Not everyone is a good candidate for every type of surgery

Who Should Look Into Surgical Procedures For Snoring?

If you snore badly or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, then you might be a very good candidate for a snoring surgery. But only your doctor can tell you, for sure, if one of these procedures could work for you.

Who Should Avoid Snoring Or Sleep Apnea Surgery?

If your snoring problem is very mild, then surgery may not be a requirement. Aside from that, your doctor may be the only person qualified to tell you if you should or shouldn’t seek out such treatment.

Final Thoughts

Snoring surgery can be an awesome option for some people. It really depends on your situation, though… and for that, only your doctor can really tell you if you may qualify.


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