Hi Guys, I have been suffering from severe snoring which ment i wasnt getting any restful sleep. I tried all the sprays and potions but nothing has worked. The options were a CPAP machine which I didnt want to have as its so uncomfortable. I do have an overbite which means I am prone to snoring with my tongue and had a very long uvula which was so long it was either resting on my tongue or dowm the back of my throat.
There does seem to be alot of negative comments about the private clinic on here and you have to remeber that some procedures are not available on the NHS which means going private and everyones experiences are different. Private clinics of all types have to make money and are businesses but its the way a clinic gets thier patients which is the most sensitive part and The Private Clinic are slightly agressive at doing this.
I finally visited the private clinic as I was exhausted from poor sleep and the consultation I had was good and bad. The nurse was excellent and answered all my questions so I booked my appointment. The gentleman I spoke to about booking the prodecure etc was not good and did come accross as a salesman which I suppose is his job but I got home and did more research into the surgeon and the operation and was happy to then have my Uvulo-palatoplasty.
The main issue is the lack of honest information given about the procedure and the aftermath of the operation.
On the day I was seen very quickly, had accupuncture in my ears to ease any tension and to help me relax (which it didnt I dont think) I had anasthetic sprayed on to the back of my throat then a series of injections to numb my sof palet and uvula, not pleasant but necessary.
Now the part I think should be explained more, The surgeon began to lazer the back of my throat 20 minutes or so of distressing uncomfortable and at time terrible pain. I was given more anasthetic and he continued. The smell of burnt flesh was stomach churning and the taste for two days afterwards was enough to make me feel physically sick.
I was taken to the recovery room after the op and was in shock, shaking, sweating and choking on what can only be described as pints of mucus being produced in my throat. Not at all pleasant and after some glucose tablets and some water I was able to head off home with help form a friend. You need someone with you if you are getting this done.
I understand that these things effect everyone in different ways but that was just the beginning. It is the worst pain and discomfort I have ever had and I was in no way told that it would put me off wok for 10 days. The man who gave me all the ifno at my consultation said he had had this done and he had a sore throat and was back at work the next day. Im so suprised by this as the medication (16 in all, a mix of pain killers, anti fungal, paracetamol etc) made me dizzy, sleepy and I started to hallucinate then on top of this I managed to get an infection which made swallowing totally impossible so a course of antibiotics was prescribed after a visit 7 days into my recovery. Im at day 11 now and it is healing well but the roof of my mouth is so bruised that swallowing is still painful.
The positive side - my snoring has nearly stopped completly and I am sleeping though the night for the first time for over ten years. I used to wake myself up from snoring and was never rested and I have already seen a massive improvement and I am not fully healed so I hope to see continued improvement.
The sad part is that the NHS in my case really had nothing to offer me in way of curing the problem which is why so many people choose The Private Clinic to have this done and at £1950 it is expensive. I may have to have a dental splint for sleeping as I may snore due to my overbite but so far its all positive and there are always going to be risks in any type of operation and discomfort but The Private Clinic need to update thier patient information and be honest about what happens.
Thanks and I hope you all find solutions to your snoring and apnea.