Whether it is your partner who is begging you to see a doctor so they can get some sleep or you are snoring so loud that you're waking yourself from a deep slumber, there is a chance that as a snorer, you have considered UPPP surgery. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), most often referred to simply as snoring surgery, is a relatively simple procedure that helps to eliminate the problems with snoring almost completely in most cases. To get a better idea of whether this surgery is a good option for you, take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions and the answers you need to know.
How does snoring surgery work?
UPPP surgery is basically a procedure performed by an ear-nose-throat specialist to remove some of the excess tissue that may be causing you to snore while you are sleeping. Because your breathing changes while you sleep, the air moving across some parts of your nose and throat can vibrate fairly hard.
Some areas where excess skin can be removed during UPPP surgery include the uvula, soft palate, adenoids, and tonsils. Even though the excess tissue removed from these areas is only a small amount, just minimal change can produce great snoring reduction.
What should you expect after surgery?
The surgery itself is not extremely intense and is usually performed in an inpatient setting. However, there is a recovery process once the surgery is over and you go home, which may be after a few days staying in the hospital. You may have some small stitches, depending on how much tissue was removed. Your throat and mouth will be somewhat sore and you will likely be instructed by your doctor to stick with soft foods for several days after the surgery to give the soft tissue time to heal.
Who should get snoring surgery?
Snoring surgery is not recommended every person who snores, because most people do snore to some extent. There are some indications that could tell you that you are actually a good candidate for UPPP surgery. For example, if the snoring is interfering with your sleep so severely that it is affecting your ability to stay awake through the day, your doctor may recommend UPPP surgery.
Even though UPPP snoring surgery is a good fit for some, this is only one form of snoring surgery available. Talk to your doctor to find out more about the various treatment options to help reduce your snoring.