Nasal operations alone that reduce nasal stuffiness may help snoring, but are usually not effective for obstructive sleep apnea. However, nasal surgery may be one part of an overall plan for surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
The newest surgery, somnoplasty that was just approved by the FDA uses radiofrequency to shrink the tissues in the nasal cavities. This is an outpatient procedure that take approximately 40 minutes. Since it is still a new procedure it is not covered under insurance and the long term prognosis is not determined.
To avoid any surgery we urge you to come to our office to see if you have an alternative that will work for you.