Information for the public
What has NICE said?
This procedure is safe enough and works well enough for use in the NHS.
Health professionals should tell patients that there is uncertainty about whether it works in the long term. They should also tell them that they may need another procedure if their symptoms come back.
Only people who snore because of the abnormal way the soft palate moves, and who don't have sleep apnoea, should be offered this procedure.
More research into this procedure is needed.
What does this mean for me?
Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. They should tell you that we're not sure how well the procedure works in the long term and that you might need another procedure if your symptoms come back. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. All of this should happen before you decide whether you want to have this procedure or not.
Your health professional may ask you if details of your procedure can be collected.