For some sleep apneic patients and snorers, the tongue may fall back during sleep causing obstruction and snoring. If this obstruction is significant, you may be recommended reduction of the base of tongue. One technique is called a midline glossectomy.
A midline glossectomy is performed in the operating room while you are asleep without any incisions. Using a variety of methods the middle (“midline”) and back portion of the tongue is reduced. Care is taken so not to affect your speech or swallowing functions.
Oftentimes a midline glossectomy is performed with Palatal (Oropharyngeal) Reconstruction at the same time.