More invasive snoring surgeries

In traditional uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which was introduced as early as 1952, the tonsils are removed, the front and back palatal arches sewn together and the soft palate reduced or sewn (referred to as the uvula flap). The procedure is carried out under full anaesthetic and usually involves a hospitalisation period of six days. The patient cannot work for about two weeks and has significant pain following the surgery.

  • Other procedures include
    – Partial resection of the base of the tongue
    – Hyoid suspension (tongue bone on the thyroid cartilage is held in place)
    – Keyhole surgery to correct lower and upper jaw misalignments