What Is Lateral Pharyngoplasty?

snoring man Snoring or obstructive sleep apnea can lead to tossing and turning all night when you’re trying to sleep. The results are: feeling tired all day long, dealing with low energy, and you’re not your best at work or school. A surgery, called lateral pharyngoplasty, may be the procedure you need to sleep better and improve your quality of life.

What Is a Lateral Pharyngoplasty?

Lateral pharyngoplasty is a surgery that’s performed for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic snoring. The procedure involves tissue removal as well as repositioning the tissue of the roof of the mouth (soft palate). In addition, the tissues on the sides of the throat (lateral pharyngeal tissues) are repositioned, which makes the throat wider and less likely to collapse while sleeping.

What Does a Lateral Pharyngoplasty Treat?

If you've been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or your chronic snoring is something you’d like to treat, a lateral pharyngoplasty may be the surgical option to best correct either condition. A lateral pharyngoplasty procedure changes the anatomy of the soft palate and improves sleep apnea symptoms and decreases snoring.

Benefits of a Lateral Pharyngoplasty

One of the most significant benefits of having a lateral pharyngoplasty is that it’s a permanent solution. If you depend on sleep machines like a CPAP, or dental appliances, you’d be free of any external devices. While it is surgery that’s performed in a hospital under general anesthesia, the long-term results may be well worth the extra time and effort.

You’ll also see a significant improvement in snoring, daytime sleepiness, and a decrease in the overall impact that OSA has on your quality of life.

Symptoms That May Mean You Need a Lateral Pharyngoplasty

When you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, a lateral pharyngoplasty may be needed to give the relief you need:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Waking up suddenly from choking or breathlessness
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
  • Morning headaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Depression or irritability
  • Restless sleep
  • Problems with getting up in the mornings

To find out whether you’re a candidate for lateral pharyngoplasty, schedule an appointment. Our highly experienced ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist in Foley and Daphne, Alabama provides expert and effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, including lateral pharyngoplasty. 

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