Snoring surgery to prevent snoring

Snoring surgery with radiosurgery

Radiosurgery against snoring does not guarantee that one will be snore-free, but the surgical technique is generally very effective. Out of 1000 patients that have undergone surgery at Art Clinic, 90% resulted in less snoring after treatment. Even if the surgery of the soft palate is effective against snoring possible respiratory arrests are not always better after a procedure.

Surgical procedure – snoring surgery

The advantage of high frequency radiosurgery treatment compared to general surgery is that this gentle method can be performed under local anaesthesia and is less painful. The surgery can be performed policlinically and the risk for bleeding and infections are considerably less then with general surgery. On the day of the surgery you are at the clinic for 2 hours in total.

After snoring surgery

One can drive home or to work. Sick leave if generally not necessary.

Questions and answers about snoring

It is suggested that approx. 20 percent of all Swedish men snore regularly and approx. 10 percent of women. Generally, snoring originates from swinging of the uvula, the free part of the soft palate and the anterior and posterior part of the palatine arch. It is towards this area that surgical treatment against snoring is aimed.
Other causes of snoring can be:

  • Narrow nose or because of polypus
  • Swollen mucous membrane (smoking or allergies)
  • Twisted nasal septum
  • Narrow throat or due to large tonsils, swollen mucous membrane or loose tissue that hinders the airs passage.
  • Obesity (fat can store itself in the respiratory passages and make the throat tighter. Many obese snorers have lost their snoring by losing weight!
  • Alcohol, sleeping pills, sedatives, and allergic medications can relax the muscles, which keep the throat open, too much.
  • Another usual cause is that one’s chin drops while sleeping on ones back, so that the tongue and the uvula fall back into the throat.

Is snoring dangerous?
Today we are aware that snoring can be damaging to one’s health. It can result in high blood pressure, morning headaches, reduced sexual ability, concentration issues, tiredness and the need to sleep during the day. Snorers can also have problems staying awake during the day and when driving, there is evidence that shows how those who suffer from respiratory arrest due to snoring have seven times a greater risk of accidents while driving! Snoring can also in some cases cause coexistence problems.

Also a female problem?
Both men and women snore, researchers have discovered snoring as a hidden female problem. Earlier it was believed that it was nearly only men that suffered from so called, sleep apnoea (reoccurring respiratory arrest while sleeping). Today we are aware that even women are affected, especially after menopause.

Respiratory arrest (sleep apnoea)?
Ten percent of those who snore regularly have respiratory arrest (sleep apnoea). In the long term sleep apnoea can be very damaging to the entire organism but above all the brain and heart that do not receive enough oxygen. The cause of sleep apnoea is the lack of oxygen to the lungs – for some reason the blockage in the throat becomes complete. The respiratory arrest not only results in disturbed sleep and tiredness, it often causes memory and concentration difficulties, which can cause serious health problems. The respiratory arrests often cause an over production of stress hormones, and they in turn increase the risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

Can I do anything myself regarding my snoring?
These are starting points to review:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Decrease alcohol consumption
  • Change ones sleeping position, but this is often quite difficult.
    The habit of sleeping on ones back is often so ingrained that one will roll over as sleep sets in. An old trick is to tie tennis balls to the pyjama jacket!

Preliminary examination at Art Clinic – physician consultation

All patients are not suitable for surgery with radiosurgery, it is therefore important that you visit the clinic for an ear, nose and throat examination in order to assess your individual requirements for possible treatment. At the consultation you are free from further obligations, we inform you about your individual condition for treatment.

Night registering

All our patients must undergo a night registering before we offer surgery or alternative treatments. Night registering is performed either via the public healthcares sleep laboratory or by renting one of our whole-night registering machines. The machine monitors if you have respiratory arrest/decreased oxygen saturation during sleep. All patients with a high weight (BMI over 30), and patients with significant respiratory arrests are as a rule not allowed surgery and remitted to another treatment. Thus approx. 40% of our patients require another treatment for their snoring other than surgery. Surgery should only be used on those patients who do not have severe or significant respiratory arrests or nose tightness/tonsil issues.