After careful consideration, Watson, a graphic designer in North Vernon, Ind., had surgery to straighten out his deviated septum, grind down his enlarged turbinates (bony and soft-tissue structures lining his nasal cavity), and remove his uvula (a procedure called uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, or U3P). It was excruciating.
One year later, Watson's snoring had decreased but hadn't disappeared, and signs of his sleep apnea were still around too. So Watson opted to have another operation, this time an overnight stay to remove some excess tissue in his pharynx. It was a much easier surgery in terms of pain and recovery. On a scale of one to 10, Watson put it at a 1.5, compared with a 9.5 for the nasal surgery.