Operations To Stop Snoring In New Zealand

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Snoring surgery

If you suffer from snoring problems and live in New Zealand, then you have probably spent some time thinking about your options. Obviously, there are a lot of anti-snoring devices out there that can help to treat snoring problems, but some people are less interested in these types of remedies than other people are.

And for people like this, getting snoring surgery may be a viable option.

Of course, there are a lot of different operations available. And in this post, we are going to talk about them.

Here is what you need to know.

Stop Snoring Surgery: The Basics

Stop snoring surgery is often thought of as a more ‘permanent’ stop snoring remedy than stop-snoring devices are, and is considered a bit easier and more ‘proven’ than some lifestyle changes.

But surgery is not a silver bullet for snoring.

Even getting a snoring operation has its upsides and downsides. Thankfully, in New Zealand, the cost of surgery is not as big an issue as it is in some places (like the United States). But there are still upsides and downsides to consider.

The biggest upside to a stop snoring surgery is that it can offer a permanent solution to snoring without requiring you to continue to use products. If the surgery works, you simply walk away with your problems solved—and that is awesome.

Airflow obstruction explained

There are, however, some potential downsides.

Some surgeries are relatively invasive, and will require you to spend some time in recover and under anesthesia. Others are just outpatient though, which makes them easier—but soreness and other short-term effects can still be a factor.

Plus, there is always the possibility that a surgery won’t work. And granted, this isn’t like a ‘huge’ problem, because you were snoring beforehand anyway. So it’s not like surgery is going to make the problem worse.

But surgery is kind of a big deal—so if it doesn’t work, you will have gone through it for nothing.

But then again, on the flipside, the odds of a surgery actually helping you to overcome your snoring problems are quite good.

At the end of the day, this decision should be between you and your doctor. But here is a rundown of some of the procedures that he/she may tell you about.

A Pillar Procedure

This is an operation where small implants are inserted into the soft palate. The basic idea is that this procedure helps to strengthen the lining of the upper airway, thus keeping the soft tissue from obstructing the airway as the small implants help to keep the tissue tighter and tougher.

This is also an outpatient surgery, which is pretty awesome.

Injection Snoreplasty
This procedure is also used to help solve problems with ‘floppy tissue’ in the soft palate. During this procedure, a sclerosing liquid is injected into the soft palate to create scar tissue. This is intended to make the soft palate tighter and less likely to get in the way.
Tonsillectomy And Adenoidectomy

Sometimes, doctors discover that enlarged adenoids and tonsils are at least partly to blame for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. And if they do determine this to be the case, these are the procedures that they will perform.

These are basically the procedures for removing the tonsils and adenoids.

Somnoplasty/Palatal Stiffening
This is an outpatient operation that can be performed with local anesthetic, making it quite easy in comparison to a lot of other operations. For this technique, a laser is used to cauterize certain areas of the soft palate. When these tiny wounds heal, the soft palate shrinks, creating more room in the airway.
Septoplasty And ‘Trimming’ Of The Nasal Turbinates
This operation does two things. First, it straightens the septum. And secondly, it reduces the size of small structures within the nasal passages called ‘turbinates.’ Sometimes, smaller soft-tissue obstructions (commonly called ‘polyps’) are also removed during this surgery.
UPPP (or Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty)

Though the name of this surgery is very complicated, the basic idea behind it is not. This operation, which is conducted under general anesthetic in an operating theatre, removes the uvula and part of the soft palate. This helps to widen out the airway, and to prevent these particular parts of the throat from vibrating during sleep. If the tonsils are determined to be a problem, they may also be removed.

This operation does, however, come with a one to two-day stay in the hospital, as it is a bit more complicated than outpatient surgery.

There is another version of this surgery though, called laser-assisted Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, in which the surgery is conducted with a laser. This operation requires a series of smaller procedures, but requires treatment over several weeks. But on the upside, it is a general day-stay surgery performed under local anesthetic, so it is much less invasive.

Choosing The Right Operation For You

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Keep in mind that choosing the right operation for you is something that you should discuss with your doctor. As a medical professional, your doctor should be able to answer questions about the surgery in-question and help you to come up with the right procedure for you.

Not every person will be eligible for every surgery. It all depends on your snoring problem and the causal factors behind it.

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