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Snoring Surgery – UPPP, TURBINE REDUTION, AND GENIOGLOSSUS ADVANCEMENT

 

There are three main types of snoring surgery. These are the UPPP, TURBINE REDUTION, and GENIOGLOSSUS ADVANCEMENT. The postoperative recovery period can vary, depending on the particular procedure. The partner of the snorer should notice improvement within two to three weeks, but this is not always the case. Your doctor will want to see you three to seven days after the surgery, though they are usually brief.

UPPP

An UPPP for snoring is a surgical procedure that involves cutting out excess soft palate tissue, including the uvula, in order to reduce the noise caused by snoring and other sleep-related problems. While the procedure used to be the only option for treating chronic snoring, modern techniques have made it possible for doctors to achieve better results for the majority of snorers.
TURBINE REDUTION

Dr. Michael Bublik is a triple board certified otolaryngologist who has also undergone fellowship training in facial plastic surgery. In patients with snoring, turbinates (small curved bones) in the nasal passage cause air flow to be turbulent, resulting in a noise. People with snoring may also have sinus problems because the turbinates become blocked, resulting in a vibration of the soft tissues, known as snoring.

GENIOGLOSSUS ADVANCEMENT

A genioglossus advancement for a snoring operation repositions the tongue’s attachment point to the lower jawbone, allowing better airflow through the mouth. This surgical procedure is typically combined with an operation known as a hyoid suspension or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.
SURGICAL OPTIONS

If your snoring is severe enough to disturb your sleep, surgery may be a viable option. Certain surgical procedures can relieve the snoring problem by narrowing the airway or even removing a portion of the throat. But there are risks associated with these operations. Some may result in voice changes and a permanent feeling in the throat. Below are some of the surgical options for snoring.

RISKS

While a snoring operation can reduce a person’s snoring, it isn’t without risks. The procedure requires a surgical incision in the soft palate. The patient will likely have scar tissue after the procedure. There are also risks of a delayed recurrence of snoring. However, the risks are generally minor. If you are considering the operation, make sure to understand the risks and benefits before undergoing the procedure.
COMplications

The soft palate, tonsils and uvula are the major contributors to snoring and sleep apnoea. Surgical procedures on these levels aim to improve airflow by widening the airway and reducing turbulence. Some procedures can also remove tonsils. Surgical techniques to improve breathing include Tongue Channeling, Lingual Tonsillectomy and Tongue Base Reduction.
Cost

Depending on the level of snoring, a snoring operation can cost several thousand dollars. Though a successful surgery does not cure the snoring problem, it can save a person’s life. It is also quick and painless, with recovery usually taking a day. Patients who have severe snoring should consider consulting with a doctor about the possibility of surgery.