During lingualplasty, the size of the tongue is
reduced laterally and through the midline. In some cases, the tonsils are
trimmed and the epiglottis is partially removed.
Treated with Lingualplasty:
Lingualplasty may be performed in cases of snoring
or obstructive sleep apnea.
Non-surgical alternatives to lingualplasty include
the use of an oral appliance, adjustable airway pressure device or continuous
positive airway pressure device. Surgical alternatives to the procedure include
uvulopalatoplasty, uvulopalatopharyngoglossoplasty, maxillomandibular
advancement, uvulopalatal flap, lateral midline glossectomy and a tracheostomy.
Lingualplasty is performed under general anesthesia,
which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the
Complications from Lingualplasty:
Possible risks following lingualplasty include
infection, bleeding, difficulty swallowing and a negative reaction to the
anesthesia. It is also possible for the surgery to fail to correct snoring or