Hi, imanonymous. I'm not sure how many people in this forum have had the experience that you're asking about. Since this is a sleep apnea forum, most of us here have sleep apnea, and for almost all of us, it's severe enough that we need a CPAP machine of some type to treat it (CPAP, APAP, BiPAP, ASV).
I think trying to cure your snoring is a separate issue from your diagnosis of sleep apnea. You might find more people who have had procedures to do that in a forum about snoring.
I would encourage you to get a second opinion before you have the surgery. You might also find Dr. Steven Parks' website
and podcasts to have some topics of interest to you.
Since you've already had a sleep study, you might take a look at the results to see how your AHI varied with 1) position (sleeping on your back vs. sleeping on your side) and 2) sleep stage (REM vs. non-REM).
It's very possible that your AHI was very low when you were sleeping on your side. If it also didn't get lots worse during REM sleep, then you would be able to avoid apnea events to a large degree just by avoiding back sleeping.
I would also encourage you to familiarize yourself with some of the less well-known possible effects of sleep apnea like chronic acid reflux and worsened ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Morning headaches and waking up feeling very groggy are two other things to keep an eye out for.
My own severe snoring problem didn't show up until my mid 50s and coincided with developing severe obstructive sleep apnea. The sleep doctor that I saw told me that it was his opinion that surgery would not improve my airway openness enough to keep me from needing CPAP therapy, so I decided not to pursue the surgery idea.
If I was your age, though, and had mild sleep apnea but severe snoring, I imagine I would definitely pursue avenues to get rid of the snoring. I would just suggest that you get more than one opinion about whether a particular surgery will have the desired outcome.
Ever since I was dragged unwillingly into this sleep apnea/snoring/CPAP world last year, I have been dismayed at how the medical practitioners divide up into camps and each often insists that whatever treatment they provide/sell is the right one for you. Frankly, the whole process reminds me a lot of buying a car.