Surgery is considered for snoring when the effects of the noise become too intrusive. Surgical intervention for OSA is considered when weight loss has failed and the patient cannot tolerate or chooses not to wear CPAP.

Surgery to treat snoring and OSA is designed to reduce obstruction or narrowing in the anatomic areas that cause the medical problem. Frequently, there is more than one anatomical area involved and a multilevel surgical approach is used to correct all of the causes of snoring and OSA, which include the nasal passages, palate and uvula, tonsils and adenoids, and tongue.