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What is Snoring Surgery?

Snoring surgery, also known as surgical treatment for snoring or snoring correction surgery, refers to a variety of surgical procedures aimed at reducing or eliminating snoring. Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction or narrowing of the airway during sleep, leading to vibrations in the throat tissues that produce the snoring sound.


Snoring surgeries are typically recommended for individuals with severe snoring that significantly impacts their quality of life or contributes to sleep disorders like sleep apnea when conservative treatment options such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment have been ineffective in alleviating the symptoms of sleep apnea such as snoring.

Sleep apnea, also referred to as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a serious health condition characterized by recurrent episodes of stopping or slowing of breathing due to airway collapse. During these episodes, breathing reduces or stops and then resumes with a snort, gasp, or jerk. This can happen hundreds of times while you are asleep, decreasing your quality of sleep and making you feel tired during the day. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, motor vehicle or workplace accidents, and considerable loss of productivity.

Preparation for Snoring Surgery

In general, preparation for snoring surgery may involve the following steps:

  • A comprehensive medical evaluation, including a physical examination, review of your medical history, medications, allergies, and possibly tests such as a sleep study (polysomnography) to assess the severity of snoring and recommend the most appropriate surgical option.
  • Your physician will provide other specific preoperative instructions, such as:
    • Medication management: Adjusting or stopping certain medications that can thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding during surgery or interfere with healing.
    • Fasting: Typically, you will be asked to fast for a certain period before surgery.
    • Smoking cessation: If you smoke, quitting or reducing smoking can improve surgical outcomes and healing.
    • Transportation: Plan for transportation to and from the hospital or surgical center on the day of surgery.

Procedure for Snoring Surgery

There are several types of surgeries available for snoring, depending on the underlying cause of the snoring. These surgeries are usually performed under local or general anesthesia and include:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): UPPP involves removing excess tissue from the throat, such as the uvula and part of the soft palate, to widen the airway and reduce snoring.
  • Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP): A laser is used to remove or reshape tissue in the throat to widen the airway and reduce snoring.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to shrink excess tissue in the throat, reducing snoring.
  • Septoplasty: This procedure corrects a deviated septum, which can contribute to nasal obstruction and snoring. By straightening the septum, airflow is improved, reducing snoring.
  • Turbinoplasty: This procedure reduces the size of the turbinates in the nose, which can improve airflow and reduce snoring.
  • Tonsillectomy: Removing the tonsils can be beneficial for individuals whose snoring is caused by enlarged tonsils blocking the airway.
  • Pillar procedure: This procedure involves inserting small implants into the soft palate to stiffen it and reduce snoring vibrations.
  • Genioglossus Advancement: In this surgery, the base of the tongue is repositioned forward to prevent it from blocking the airway during sleep.

Postoperative Care

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room where medical staff will monitor your vital signs and ensure you wake up safely from anesthesia. After waking up, you will receive instructions on postoperative care, including pain management, activity restrictions, wound care, medication management, diet and nutrition, and follow-up appointments. Follow these instructions carefully to avoid complications and promote healing. Sleep in a slightly elevated position, such as using extra pillows, to help reduce swelling and promote better breathing during the recovery phase. Be patient with your recovery process, as it may take time for you to experience the full benefits of the surgery in terms of reduced snoring.

Risks and Complications

Risks and potential complications associated with snoring surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Pain and soreness
  • Sore throat
  • Dryness in your mouth, throat, and nose
  • Change in voice
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Snoring that continues
  • Physical discomfort like a feeling of having something on top of your mouth or in your throat
  • Anesthesia risks

Location & DirectionsENT Jacksonville

1370 13th Avenue South, Suite 115 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

  • American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Miller School of Medicine