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August 30, 2010

Nasal Surgery Helps With Snoring


Researchers have found that surgery to improve nasal breathing in setting of nasal obstruction, congestion, and/or resistance can also help with snoring.

Depending on the study, surgical relief of nasal obstruction improves snoring in a range from 35% to as high as 86%. Unfortunately, complete CURE (ie, no snoring whatsoever) is less likely occurring in <15% of patients. What are the possible nasal surgeries one can undergo to relieve nasal obstruction and potentially achieve snoring improvement? They include:

Septoplasty
Adenoidectomy
Turbinate Reduction
Sinus Surgery

Reference:
Nasal Surgery for Snoring in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea Laryngoscope. 118:354-359, 2008.

Can Snoring Relief After Nasal Surgery be Predicted. Clin Otolaryngol 19:41-44, 1994
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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