Snoring Tongue Surgery involves a procedure called Tongue Channelling in which a Coblation wand creates channels of cauterized tissue within the tongue. Healing of this tissue causes the tongue to shrink making more room for breathing.
REASONS FOR SURGERY:
Dr Wallace recommends Tongue Channelling for patients who have some or all of the following:
- Excessive bulk of the tongue base
- Short jaw bone with backward displacement of the tongue base
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
RISKS OF SURGERY:
This surgery is associated with a low risk of complication. The specific risks of Tongue Channelling of which you should be aware are:
- Bleeding is very rarely a problem and would be dealt with during the surgery
- Infection is rare during recovery but would be evident with pain and fever
- Obstructive swelling is rare and would be detected and treated during overnight post-op observation
This procedure is done under General Anaesthesia and takes approximately 20 minutes and is usually part of a Combined procedure.
The procedure is done with a Coblation wand (cautery within a stream of saline) introduced at 3 or more puncture points down the centre of the tongue and along each side.
FOLLOW UP CARE:
Tongue pain is usually mild to moderate but settles quickly over a few days. The puncture points may be raw and sensitive also for a few days.
Tongue Channelling is commonly combined with Palate surgery for snoring and sleep apnoea.
The results of Tongue Channelling are seen 2 to 3 months after surgery