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Do I need surgery to treat my snoring?

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Surgery may be needed to correct a physical problem that is causing you to snore. Surgical options include:

  • Somnoplasty: A minimally invasive procedure to reduce the soft tissue in the upper airway or back of the throat
  • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy: Removing the tonsils and/or adenoids may be needed to prevent snoring.
  • Palate surgery: Your doctor may recommend removing certain tissues of the soft palate that may be obstructing your breathing.
  • Upper airway stimulator: This device, called Inspire, consists of a small pulse generator placed under the skin in the upper chest. A wire leading to the lung detects the person's natural breathing pattern. Another wire, leading up to the neck, delivers mild stimulation to nerves that control airway muscles, keeping them open. A doctor can program the device from an external remote. Also, the user has a remote to turn it on before bed and turn off upon waking in the morning.

From: Sleep Disorders and Snoring Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES.  The Cleveland Clinic. 

National Sleep Foundation.

American Association of Sleep Apnea. 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 18, 2018

SOURCES.  The Cleveland Clinic. 

National Sleep Foundation.

American Association of Sleep Apnea. 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 18, 2018

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