Are there any types of surgeries to treat bad cases of snoring that are minimally invasive? I keep my spouse up all night and no type of breathing strip or medication has worked to stop it.
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Surgery to reduce snoring range from Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy to uvulopalato-pharyngeoplasty to tongue or mandibular advancement. None of these surgeries are minimal and at best have a success rate of less than 50%. Before you even consider surgery, a sleep study must be performed at a sleep center to see if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or not. CPAP or possibly a simple oral appliance to shift the lower jaw forward may be only what you need. Here at my office, we make the oral appliances.
Surgical options for snoring are usually invasive for adults. Tonsil and adenoid removal surgery usually has a 1-2 week healing time. Other surgeries like the U-PPP can be quite painful for 6-8 weeks.
An ENT specialist could evaluate your airway to determine if you are a candidate for surgery. However, CPAP therapy is 100% effective if used correctly and does not require surgical intervention. As a rule, any surgery is invasive.