Overview of the Procedure
Snoring and Sleep Apnea surgery includes a number of procedures performed to stop or minimize snoring and improve symptoms of sleep apnea. The type of surgery depends on the cause of snoring and/or sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is serious, and can lead to health problems such as hypertension and heart failure.
Reasons for the Procedure
Patients may be disturbed in their sleep by their snoring issues and decreased or obstructed breathing. Snoring and Sleep Apnea surgery can improve breathing patterns. A sleep study is usually warranted before surgery, to measure how severe the sleep apnea is.
What to Expect
Snoring and Sleep Apnea surgery often includes uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, which involves widening the airway in the throat by removing tissue. Cartilage or additional tissue in the nose may need to be restructured or removed. Removal of the tonsils or adenoids by an ENT surgeron may also be necessary to promote regular breathing patterns. Finally, upper and lower jaw advancement can help in the most severe cases. General anesthesia or IV sedation is typically used.
After surgery you may need to participate in repeat sleep studies to ensure that the surgery was successful. Recovery varies depending on the type of procedure done.