Stop Snoring Surgery

Manchester city centre
0161 839 7663
Leeds city centre
01132 43 93 43
Liverpool city centre
0151 203 1717

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Why Choose Us?

  • Treatments performed by Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist who is British NHS Consultant & Professor.
  • Professor with over 10 years' experience in Stop Snoring Surgery.
  • No sales persons. You will only ever see a clinician during your consultation, treatment and aftercare.
  • Clinic registered with Care Quality Commission.
  • Clinical consultation fee of £70 is fully refundable against cost of treatment.
  • Long lasting results using radiofrequency. As opposed to laser treatment, the patient retains their uvula.
  • Outpatient procedure.
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Snoring FAQs and Pricing

Here at Stop Snoring Surgery, we want to ensure that you fully understand our process and the treatments available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT SNORING

ABOUT OUR SERVICE

RADIOFREQUENCY SNORING TREATMENT

 

Our answers

ABOUT SNORING

  • 1) What causes snoring?
    The noise of snoring is created by vibration and flapping of the skin tissues lining the throat; and the uvula hanging from the soft palate at the back of the mouth, towards the throat. As you breathe, the rush of air over these uneven or narrowing surfaces creates vibration, which generates a whistling or thundering noise. This turbulent air flow through the breathing passage can be caused by narrowness of the nasal passage, which can contribute to the fluttering of the soft palate. Tongues that fall back into the passageway may also attribute to snoring noise, as the airway might sometimes become blocked. Consequently, in most patients, snoring can be due to multiple factors playing a part in the snoring process. Lifestyle factors contributing to congestion of the soft tissues of the airways include smoking, alcohol and being overweight. For more information, please visit our page.
  • 2) How common is snoring?
    You are not alone. 30% of men and 10% of women are habitual snorers. The figures get worse with age and by the time people reach 60, snoring affects 50% of men and 30% of women.
  • 3) What is the social impact of snoring?
    Snoring not only affects the snorer – in terms of broken sleep, subsequent tiredness and feeling lethargic the next day – but can also have a major impact on the ones you love. Partners and children in the next bedroom can be tormented by constant snoring and suffer sleepless nights. The effect on everyone involved can be profound and snoring can completely disrupt family life. Sleeping partners often refuse to sleep in the same room, causing arguments and a poor sex life. In a survey carried out in 2001, 40% of the couples interviewed said that snoring had adversely affected their relationship; and a staggering 80% of these had resorted to sleeping separately to escape the noise.
  • 4) How dangerous is snoring?
    People who snore generally have an increased risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Snoring can also contribute to fatigue and morning tiredness - which can be a risk if the sufferer drives, or is employed in an occupation where alertness is essential to safety. Snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnoea, which brings additional health risks.
  • 5) Why does alcohol make snoring worse?
    Excess alcohol taken at night will lead to increased snoring. This is because the alcohol is absorbed into the tissue at the back of the throat, allowing the muscles to relax further and creating a greater likelihood of vibration. Weight gain related to alcohol consumption can be an additional factor.
  • 6) Will fixing my snoring improve my quality of life?
    Elimination of snoring noise will assist in improving patient’s quality of life, both socially and medically. Snoring is frequently disruptive to your partner and other members of the family; and there are reports of several partnerships failing because of incompatibility due to intolerable snoring habits. Snoring frequently disrupts the sleep quality of all household members, including the snorer. Snorers may also be unpopular due to disturbance to roommates when on holidays or business trips. Finally, snorers may be the subject of jokes. Some medical problems related to snoring may also improve, increasing the quality of your life and the people you love. Snoring frequently causes restless sleep, tiredness on waking and stress. It may also cause daytime drowsiness. More severe snoring may contribute to elevated blood pressure and, with this, increased risk of stroke.
  • 7) What snoring aids are available and how effective are they in permanently tackling snoring?
    There are several types of artificial aids available to combat snoring, including nasal strips, nasal dilators and moulded mouthpieces. However, none of these offer a long-term solution, as they require habitual daily application. For some patients the use of dental devices can be of benefit, as this draws their jaw forward, allowing clearer air passage. The use of nasal appliances can assist nasal airflow, but seldom assist with snoring. Such aids can have high annual running maintenance costs and are extremely inconvenient. Patients tend to get bored with having to make daily preparations before going to sleep. This – together with the fact that they do not always work – means that the user and their partner get frustrated. The aids therefore end up being a temporary solution, prior to patients seeking surgery to stop snoring. At the Stop Snoring Surgery clinic, we believe the most effective method of tackling snoring is to change the physical anatomy of the snorer.
  • 8) What surgical procedures can assist snoring?
    Surgical intervention may involve adjustment to the palate, uvula, tongue, nasal passage or neck (any or all). The surgical procedure will depend on the location of the tissues which are contributing to a person’s snoring. A vibrating soft palate may be assisted by palatoplasty, which can be achieved using radiofrequency procedure. Nasal surgery can include improving the nasal airway by straightening the nasal septum (mid-line nasal cartilage partition); or shrinking the lining tissue of the nose, particularly where it has been troubled by allergy or by the removal of nasal polyps. In some cases, the removal of excess neck fat through liposuction or liposelection techniques (such as Vaser or Smartlipo technology) may contribute to assisting the control of snoring.
  • 9) How is snoring surgery related to losing weight?
    Weight loss is an important part of the control of snoring. After surgery, weight loss can occur due to the initial post-surgical procedure discomfort, which can cause a loss of appetite.

For more information, please visit our About Snoring, Causes of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea pages.

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ABOUT OUR SERVICE

  • 10) Is the Stop Snoring Surgery clinic registered and monitored by a government body?
    Yes. The Stop Snoring Surgery clinic is part of Skin Medical and is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC - registration Provider number 1-101634797). We are allowed to perform this treatment in line with precise protocols devised and agreed with CQC inspectors.
  • 11) How satisfied are patients treated by the Stop Snoring Surgery clinic?
    We have a very high satisfaction rating. This is due not only to our consultant’s skill and experience in performing these treatments (since 2004), but also to our strict policy on patient selection. Subsequent to our patient assessment, we only accept those patients who we believe would benefit from our treatment. Our audited results reveal that over 95% of patients who undergo our radiofrequency snoring treatment obtain significant snoring noise reduction. All other patients report some degree of snoring noise reduction.
  • 12) How long will treatment take at the Stop Snoring Surgery clinic?
    Patients are normally required to attend the clinic for approximately one hour. The actual radiofrequency treatment takes only 10 minutes once the local anaesthetic has taken effect. Local anaesthetic typically takes under 30 minutes to become effective. The procedure starts with our ENT consultant conducting an endoscope examination and explanation of the procedure, which takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  • 13) Who performs the snoring treatment at the Stop Snoring Surgery clinic?
    Our specialist ENT consultant is Professor Homer, who is employed at NHS Manchester Royal Infirmary hospital. He is also listed on the Specialist Register to perform ENT surgical procedures on the head and neck. Professor Homer has experience of snoring treatments using traditional surgery, but has since dismissed laser treatments such as LAUP having found them too aggressive and resulting in a poor clinical outcome. Professor Homer has evaluated clinical evidence that supports the claim that Snoring Surgery by the radiofrequency procedure provides the optimum outcome as it can treat roof of mouth and patients can retain their uvula, which prevents regurgitation of food and drink.
  • 14) How much does a snoring procedure cost at the Stop Snoring Surgery clinic?
    The clinical consultation including an assessment costs only £70 – which is fully refundable against the cost of any treatment you have as a result. The all-inclusive price of the standard radiofrequency snoring treatment is £1,290. A further charge of £500 is chargeable for those patients who would benefit from having the advanced Uvulaplasty treatment which involves the tailoring and trimming of patient’s uvula. This would mean that the total fee payable is £1690. Following the consultation, the client is under no obligation to proceed. We do not employ sales persons; and patients are in contact with medical practitioners at all times throughout their treatment. Please click here for full details.
  • 15) How much do additional radiofrequency treatments cost at the Stop Snoring Surgery clinic?
    If undertaken on the same visit, the cost of an additional radiofrequency treatment for a blocked nose typically costs £500. Examples of such treatment are radiofrequency procedures to treat turbinates in the nasal passage; or the re-design of the uvula, called uvulaplasty.
  • 16) How do I arrange my treatment at the Stop Snoring Surgery clinic?
    To begin the process, simply call the Stop Snoring Surgery clinic, or complete our online booking form (please visit our Contact page). We will arrange a no-obligation consultation with medical assessment, establishing a convenient date, time and clinic location. Our clinician will explain the causes of snoring; assess your suitability for treatment, having reviewed your medical history; and assess your breathing airways. We will then determine and explain the most suitable treatment for you and advise you of the all-inclusive cost. Patients should allow 45 minutes for the consultation and medical assessment.

For more information, please visit our Snoring treatments page.

To book a free consultation, please visit our Contact page.

 

RADIOFREQUENCY SNORING TREATMENT

  • 17) What are the benefits of radiofrequency treatment to stop snoring?
    Radiofrequency snoring treatment offers many advantages over other methods. It is a safe, effective, long-lasting and clinically-proven procedure with a high success rate. It is also minimally invasive and leaves no side effects. Additionally, it is a simple outpatient procedure with minimum downtime.
  • 18) How does radiofrequency treatment work?
    The first step is to anaesthetise the back of the throat using local anaesthetic. Once this takes effect, a probe is introduced to the soft palate tissue, encouraging this area to harden through scarring. If necessary, the uvula is trimmed to improve airway obstruction. It takes just a few seconds for the probe to perform its task at each of the insertion points. The heat generated evaporates the water content in the tissue lining, causing it to shrink and harden and create a solid foundation for the uvula remaining firmer.
  • 19) Is radiofrequency treatment painful?
    No. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, similar to that given by a dentist, which takes time to numb the roof of the mouth. The local anaesthetic should prevent any discomfort when the radiofrequency probe is inserted into the target areas. For a few days after the treatment, mild discomfort is readily counteracted by standard over-the-counter tablets such as paracetamol.
  • 20) How successful are radiofrequency treatments in stopping snoring?
    Our audited results reveal that over 95% of patients who undergo our radiofrequency snoring treatment obtain significant snoring noise reduction. All other patients report some degree of snoring noise reduction. Early surveys by the NHS and the radiofrequency equipment provider in 2004 revealed that more than 80% of patients obtain significant noise reduction. This percentage has increased over the years with improvement of techniques, experience and patient selection.
  • 21) When can I go back to work after radiofrequency treatment?
    Patients can normally return to work the next day. This compares with around one week off work following a laser procedure.
  • 22) How soon after the procedure will I experience some improvement in snoring?
    The radiofrequency snoring treatment triggers the shrinking and hardening of tissue linings over a period of time. The length of time this takes to become effective will vary from patient to patient. However, patients should expect to experience some improvement within four to six weeks.
  • 23) Is it necessary to have the snoring treatment in a traditional hospital?
    No. The radiofrequency treatment can be performed in clinics that are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which is part of the NHS. Stop Snoring Surgery at Skin Medical is registered with CQC and carries out nasal and palatal surgery on a walk-in/walk-out basis.
  • 24) How does radiofrequency treatment for snoring compare with laser-assisted treatments?
    Radiofrequency treatment is quicker, less traumatic and less expensive than laser-assisted treatments. Several years ago, Stop Snoring Surgery did perform laser-assisted treatments, but our consultant stopped using them because they are so painful and resulted in lengthy recovery time for patients. Laser treatment for snoring involves removing the entire uvula, which can cause food and drink to be regurgitated through the nose. Radiofrequency treatment has no side effects. In addition, the radiofrequency treatment has improved considerably since its inception, meaning that in general, it has a much better outcome than laser procedures. Another important factor is that the radiofrequency procedure is significantly cheaper than laser treatments.
  • 25) How much worse is the discomfort of laser treatment?
    Laser palatoplasty (also known as LAUP) can result in unpleasant sensations lasting more than a week afterwards. The cause of the pain is the removal of the mucosa (surface lining of the palate). This is a similar experience to having two or three large ulcers on the roof of the mouth, and strong discomfort will be experienced on swallowing. The operation itself is usually pain-free, following application of a local anaesthetic. There may be some discomfort that evening, then the pain experience may become more significant three to four days afterwards. The painful period usually ends seven to ten days after the procedure. This requires pain control with strong medications. The time taken off work after a laser procedure is therefore considerably longer than for a radiofrequency procedure, whereby patients can return to work the next day.
  • 26) How effective is radiofrequency snoring treatment?
    Most patients undergoing palatal surgery will experience a significant improvement in snoring. Research shows that 80% of palatal surgery patients notice an improvement within two to three months of the initial procedure, while others improve further with more time. Where nasal airflow difficulties contribute to snoring, nasal surgery alone may cure or significantly improve the symptoms in 30% of snoring patients. Breathing may also improve. Some patients may require additional measures; and Stop Snoring Surgery can advise them accordingly.
  • 27) What happens if the initial treatment is unsuccessful?
    This is rare. But in the unlikely event that there is no significant improvement in the noise level of snoring, it is possible for the procedure to be repeated. At Stop Snoring Surgery we have elected to repeat treatment for a small number of patients in order to optimise results. There is a risk that palatal surgery may require more than one procedure to achieve the desired result.

For more information, please visit our Snoring Treatments page.

To book a free consultation, please visit our Contact page.

 

An initial telephone consultation with Stop Snoring Surgery is free.

The pricing of the following treatment will depend on which course of action is most appropriate for you.

Price per procedure

Initial telephone consultation with clinician

Free

Medical assessment (refundable against snoring treatment)

£70

Standard radiofrequency treatment to soft palate

£1,290

Alternative procedures

(available for suitable patients)

Uvulaplasty plus standard radiofrequency treatment to soft palate

£1,690

Lipolysis to reduce fat on the neck

£2,200

The prices stated are all-inclusive. Patients will not need to pay any additional costs for aftercare.

Each patient is entitled to:

  • An initial consultation with a clinician.
  • A medical assessment.
  • A pre-operative assessment with the ENT consultant.
  • Local anaesthetic.
  • Surgical treatment by an ENT consultant.
  • The cost of all single-use instruments.
  • Post-operative medicine.
  • A 24-hour telephone support line.
  • Follow-up appointments with a clinician.

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