Surgery For Snoring & OSA

About Tongue And Tongue Base Reduction

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) occurs when one or more levels of the upper airway become obstructed due to narrowing and/or collapse while you sleep. 

The area behind the tongue is a common area for narrowing or collapse. There are various procedures in the surgical treatment of OSA which are designed to reduce the size of the tongue and or the tongue base, without affecting swallowing or voice.

The choice of procedures will depend on the findings from examination and investigations, your preferences and your doctor’s recommendation. These include:

  • Coblation channelling of the tongue
  • Lingual tonsillectomy
  • Partial resection of the tongue base