Revitalise your mind and body with a good night’s sleep
A good night’s sleep is vital for a healthy, happy mind and body and in ensuring your personal functionality throughout the day. Natural sleep cycles can be disrupted by snoring, keeping you and your partner from getting the deep, energising rest that you both need. In more severe cases, persistent snoring can indicate a medical condition like sleep apnoea that needs to be determined and examined by a medical professional. If previous methods to help to combat your snoring have proven unsuccessful, surgical treatments might be the solution you need to help you to finally put your snoring problem to bed.
Snoring surgery is an option patients of Dr Paul Gerarchi can choose to ensure the anatomical issue is corrected. The procedure will be tailored to your particular case and problems as there are a variety of options available.
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The results you deserve
Snoring is common among adults and there are a number of non-surgical options available. Only when other options have been explored and proven unsuccessful should snoring surgery be considered. Snoring surgery is recommended in the following situations:
- If sleep apnoea is not diagnosed as a contributing factor to snoring
- If other treatments have been tried without proven success
- If snoring is having significant negative impacts on your quality of life
A variety of surgical techniques are available and Dr Gerarchi will determine which one best suits your specific condition:
A deviated septum can inhibit the body’s natural respiratory function and its correction can often improve breathing and reduce snoring.
Tiny implants will be inserted into the soft palate, stiffening it and preventing snoring.
Using radio frequency, this procedure uses radiofrequency ablation to reduce excess tissue in the soft palate to prevent snoring.
Meeting your surgeon
Once Dr Gerarchi has discussed your medical history and any previous unsuccessful snoring treatments with you, your suitability for surgery will be assessed.
An open discussion on the surgery, diagnosis, anatomy, recovery and results is encouraged so you can feel content in knowing that you have chosen an experienced surgeon of the highest calibre and of the utmost professionalism.
Depending on the surgery that Dr Gerarchi has determined at your consultation, the surgery may be performed using local or general anaesthesia. The thought of being conscious during surgery may be intimidating, so patients may also wish to discuss their personal concerns and preferences to ease any apprehension. The process will be as stress and pain free as possible and patients are supported throughout the process.
Taking less than two hours to complete, it is likely that you will be in the comfort and serenity of your own home soon after the surgery is complete. Any small incisions necessary will be made inside the mouth or nose to minimise potential visible scarring and to ensure that your nose will heal back to its natural state.
The recovery process will be relatively short and you and your partner will soon be able to enjoy a quiet night’s sleep. Although you may experience some tenderness and swelling, this should resolve in the days following the procedure. A soft diet will also be recommended on these days to facilitate a speedy recovery and as little irritation to the nose and mouth as possible.
Cleanliness and diligence are your first defence in fighting infection and Dr Gerarchi will recommend a mouth rinse to assist your body during the healing process.
Following his instructions and taking good care of the affected area should ensure no unforeseen setbacks and a prompt return to regular activities.
Managing your pain and recovery
For Dr Gerarchi, your wellbeing and your return to normality after the surgery is important. A prescription will be provided for pain medication to ease any pain or discomfort you may experience in the days after the surgery.
An antibiotic may also be prescribed to give your body’s natural defence the most effective assistance it can get.
If you have not been able to reduce or manage your snoring through other methods, you may be a candidate for snoring surgery. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr Gerarchi can discuss surgical options to reduce snoring with you and will work to find the best treatment option for your needs. To learn more, contact our team today.