If a patient has attempted to resolve their breathing disruptions during sleep through non-surgical methods and these methods haven’t helped, surgery for snoring is a viable consideration. If you have severe snoring problems that haven’t responded to other kinds of solutions, it may very well be within your best interest to schedule a consultation with a nose surgeon to find out if a “snoring surgery” would be beneficial for you.

In most cases, the first step after a consultation is to be examined and be absolutely certain that the reason for the excessive snoring or other breathing disturbances during sleep are indeed caused by a problem within the nose. That isn’t always the case, but when it is, surgery is often the answer. However, it is important to keep in mind that snoring can be caused by a variety of anatomical complications, and non-surgical means are often capable of restoring breathing function to normal. A surgeon should be the first person to advise you that a surgical solution should be considered only after these other possible remedies have failed.

What Does Nose Surgery for Snoring Generally Involve?

In the event that your nasal anatomy is responsible for your snoring, the most common cause is a deviated septum. The septum is the “wall” of tissue and cartilage that separates each airway of the nose. When this structure has an abnormal shape, meaning that it is twisted or bent, it can obstruct breathing. This can be the result of a simple genetic challenge, or the septum can become deviated after an accident. In either case, a nose surgeon can perform an operation to repair it.

Snoring may also be caused by nasal polyps. These can accrue in patients who have had a long history of allergies. The operation for removal is relatively simple and involves the surgeon removing the polyps. After a surgery of this kind, the medical professionals that you’ve chosen to work with will most likely advise you on the best ways to prevent polyps from reoccurring (as can be common for patients).

Finally, snoring may be reduced or eliminated by means of a turbinate reduction. This kind of surgery involve the reduction of the size of the natural mucous membranes of the tissue covering the turbinate bones within the nose. If the mucous membranes have become enlarged, they can obstruct breathing.

In general, nasal surgery to reduce snoring is comparatively rapid. For example, the operation to correct a deviated septum may take only half an hour. The recovery time for these kinds of surgeries is also quite short.

Is it Really My Nose?

It’s important to keep in mind that the nose isn’t always exclusively responsible (or responsible at all) for snoring. Surgical intervention may be necessary to correct your breathing difficulties. For example, if the throat has excess tissue, an operation to remove the tissue and thus widen the airway may resolve snoring. Or if the roof of the mouth is enlarged, an operation to reduce the soft palate may be necessary. In some cases, the cause for snoring isn’t even this “exotic”. The patient may simply need a tonsillectomy to have their tonsils removed, as they may be obstructing the airway.

The best way to determine whether your nose is truly the culprit for your snoring is to have an examination conducted by a medical professional. If the nose surgeon sees that your nose is not the problem, they might be able to determine what the actual cause of your snoring is or refer you to someone who can. The good news is that if your nasal anatomy is responsible for your snoring, the surgical procedures to amend this are both common and generally successful.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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