Surgery for snoring: are partners satisfied in the long run?


Mr K.R.S. Prasad, MS, DNB, MNAMS, FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (Edin), Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Warrington Hospital, Lovely Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA5 1QG, UK (e-mail:


Surgery for snoring: are partners satisfied in the long run? Patients seek surgery for snoring, essentially for the sake of their partners. Few studies have looked into the long-term results from this angle. We herein report the findings of a study of partner satisfaction, following laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UVPP). This was a questionnaire-based survey, with a minimum follow-up of 1 year. A total of 91 procedures (LAUP = 50 and UVPP = 41) were evaluated. Response rate was 65.93%. Both groups were matched for age, gender and duration of the follow-up. Residual snoring was even more frequently following LAUP than it was following UVPP (Mann–Whitney U = 244, P = 0.012). After UVPP, partners were less likely to have trouble falling asleep (Mann–Whitney U = 255, P = 0.041). There was a highly significant reduction in the disturbance of sleep and need to wake up after both types of surgery (McNemar test, χ2 = 25.037, P < 0.001). Both groups reported improvements in quality of life. We propose a grading system to record partner satisfaction. The long-term results show that surgery for snoring is justified in the National Health Service (NHS) in the new millennium.