How Much Does Snoring Surgery Cost?
Snoring surgery is rarely used for snoring and is only used in extreme cases. If other treatments have failed, your doctor may recommend this surgical procedure. Snoring surgery can be done for a variety of reasons. It can remove excess soft tissue from the throat, correct an abnormally shaped septum, change the position of the bony structures in the upper airways or implant plastic cylinders in the soft palate.
How much does it cost?
- As mentioned, there are different types of snoring surgeries one can undergo. The oldest and the most common in all of these is the Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). As the most invasive surgical treatment for snoring, UPPP is also the most costly and time-consuming. On average, the cost of UPPP surgery is around $5,500.
- A newer treatment introduced in year 2000 is the injection snoreplasty. Injection snoreplasty costs about $500 per treatment according to SurgeryEncyclopedia.com.
- Other treatments such as Somnoplasty and Laser-assisted uvuloplatoplasty (LAUP) can cost around$1,500. In addition, Uvulopalatoplasy is another procedure that can cost $500 on average. Because of its low price and effectiveness, this procedure is considered to be the most economical choice that is currently available.
What is going to be included?
- Different procedures are done for each type of snoring surgery. For UPPP, the surgeon resects (removes) the patient’s tonsils, part of the soft palate, and the uvula. Doing this enlarges the airway, and since some of the soft tissue that vibrates when the patient snores is also removed, snoring is naturally diminished.
- The Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty is also done under anesthesia. The surgeon uses a carbon dioxide laser to make two vertical incisions in the soft palate on either side of the uvula. He also removes the tip of the uvula and a part of the soft palate. The whole procedure lasts for at least 30 minutes and is typically performed in a series of 3 to 5 separate treatments.
- Somnoplasty is a non-invasive type of snoring surgery that is designed to shrink the tissues in the soft palate, throat, or tongue. In this procedure a needle is inserted beneath the surface layer of cells and heated to a temperature between 158°F (70°C) and 176°F (80°C).
- Tongue Suspension procedure, on the other hand, is an invasive surgical treatment which aims at stabilizing the base of the tongue during sleep. By doing so, the base of the tongue is prevented from falling backward, which is how the airway is constricted in the first place.
- The last procedure called Injection Snoreplasty makes use of anesthesia and a hardening agent injected underneath the skin of the roof of the mouth just in front of the uvula. The said hardening agent creates a blister which hardens into scar tissue. Once hardened, the scar tissue pulls the uvula forward which reduces the vibration that causes snoring.
What are the extra costs?
- Anesthesiologist. These procedures require general anesthesia. Depending on the hospital or clinic, you may be charged separately for this.
- Hospital fee. Some of the surgeries are known to be time-consuming. Aside from the fact that the surgery may last for hours, you will probably need to stay in the hospital for a day or two. After UPPP, for example, the patient is required to stay for a night or two of hospital stay.
- After–surgery Care. Once the surgery is complete, the patient will need a few weeks to completely heal. During these weeks, check-ups with the surgeon as well as your doctor will be needed to ensure that everything is healing correctly.
Factors that influence the price:
- The type of surgery. The types of surgeries listed above are the largest determinant of the price.
- Location. Although snoring surgery is getting wide recognition, there are still hospitals in the country that do not offer it due to the lack of the medical professionals to perform the procedure. Because of that, the prices vary from one hospital to another.
Tips to know:
- Statistics reveals that the snoring problem is worse among males than females regardless of age.
- Like any other surgeries, there are some risks involved in each type of surgery. That is why you should discuss these with your doctor first in order to decide the best procedure for you.
- According to WebMD.com, snoring is not always considered a medical problem, so insurance may not cover the expenses for snoring surgery. Check with you insurance company to see if your policy covers it or not.
- Sometimes there are prosthetic devices prescribed by general dentists or orthodontists in order to alter the position of the jaw or restrain the tongue during sleep.
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Am I a good candidate for surgery? If not, what are my other options?
- What is the best snoring surgery for me?
- How long have you been doing these procedures? Which one have you done most frequently? Which one has the best results?
- Do I need to make any drastic lifestyle changes before or after the surgery?
- Should I talk to my dentist about an oral appliance to control snoring?
- How long do the good results of surgery last?
- Can surgery be partially effective only?
How can I save money?
- Aside from looking for a hospital that offers the cheapest cost for snoring surgery, you should know the exact procedure that is intended for your condition. Make sure to regard surgery as the last resort. If some alternatives are still effective, do not engage in a surgery yet.
- Aside from oral devices and appliances, maybe lifestyle changes will minimize (if not eliminate) snoring problem without hurting the budget.