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Surgery should always be a last resort in your effort to stop snoring.

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Surgery

Being invasive there is always the chance of post complications and pain. While in the short term it may reduce the sound of snoring it will not help underlying Obstructive Sleep Apnea symptoms.

There are several surgical procedures available for snorers.

Uvulopalathopharyngoplasty involves removing excess throat tissues such as tonsils and parts of the soft palate to expand the airway. There is also laser-assisted uvuloplatoplasty (LAUP), which uses a laser to remove part of the uvula and palate.

More than one session may be needed with LAUP.

Another relatively new surgical procedure, somnoplasty, shrinks excess tissue via very low levels of radiofrequency energy. The tissue is then naturally reabsorbed by the body. Performed under local anesthesia in less than 10 minutes, somnoplasty is designed to minimize the bleeding and pain associated with other techniques.

An even newer type of procedure using radiofrequency energy is called coblation-channeling. Unlike somnoplasty and others which heats or shrinks tissue, coblation-channeling clears blocked airways by both shrinking and removing tissue.

Doctors can also inject sclerosing liquid into soft palate tissue to cause irritation and scarring. This tightens the soft palate, making it less likely to rub against the tongue or tonsils and cause snoring.

If snoring stems from the nose, nasal surgery to remove obstructions in the nose or to correct a deviated septum may also help you stop snoring.

"The drawback is that although in the short term (surgical procedures) may be very effective, overtime, most people are snoring again,"

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