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.
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.
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
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.