Surgery is generally successful in reducing snoring and OSA. The success of a procedure depends on the problem area causing the snoring. For example, someone with nasal congestion will not have much improvement with a palate procedure and vice versa. The other factor that makes success hard to measure is the definition of success. As discussed earlier, the goal of surgery is a successful night’s sleep for those around the snorer.
Generally, scar tissue in the palate continues to form for up to three months. Up to 77% of people report reduced snoring after this procedure, however, as the tissue continues to heal over time, the palate may soften and re-obstruct. One study demonstrated a 29% relapse in snoring after one year. Similarly, palate implant surgery was recommended by 89% of snorers, but only 69% of their partners. Only the snorer’s partner will determine if the improvement in snoring is a “success.” UPPP is successful in stopping snoring in 90% to 95% of patients. When combined with tongue reduction surgery, studies show OSA is greatly improved or resolved in 80% to 85% of patients.
Subjectively, the vast majority of patients experience relief of their symptoms and thereby gain more energy, improved memory and concentration, and finally enjoy the feeling of a “good night’s sleep.”