Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Are Surgeries to Treat Sleep Apnea Safe?

The most common variety of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition where blockages in the airway momentarily stop breathing during sleep. If you have this disorder, you and your doctor can discuss treatment options that address the severity and specific circumstances of your health. In very serious cases, sleep apnea surgery is a potential option.

Some sleep apnea treatments use medication, an oral appliance or other methods to relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea. The goal of surgery procedures is to increase the size of the airway and reduce the presence of obstructions permanently.

Sleep apnea surgeries can be conducted on parts of the airway such as:
  • Tonsils
  • Tongue
  • Soft palate
  • Uvula
  • Adenoids
  • Jaw
  • Throat tissue
While sleep apnea surgery can offer permanent relief for breathing problems during sleep, surgery is a much more intensive, invasive treatment method than many other remedies, sometimes requiring a lengthy recovery period.

Most doctors will recommend trying a less drastic approach before surgery. Your sleep doctor will work closely with you to determine the cause of your apnea and initial treatment options that suit your condition. If necessary, you can discuss the potential benefits of sleep apnea surgery if other treatments are ineffective.

If you’d like more information about sleep apnea surgery, please contact a sleep physician in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule your initial consultation.

posted by Admin at 12:05 AM