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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Red Sox Player Set for Sleep Apnea Surgery

First baseman Mike Napoli, who helped the Boston Red Sox to a World Series win last year despite setting a franchise record for most strikeouts in a single season, has struggled with sleep apnea for his whole MLB career. Having tried multiple conservative treatments, Napoli will now have sleep apnea surgery during the offseason to reposition his jaw.

Napoli told a Boston radio station that he will undergo bimaxillary advancement (also known as maxillomandibular advancement) surgery next month. This procedure widens the airway by separating and repositioning bones in the upper and lower jaws to facilitate unobstructed breathing.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked. Moving the jaws forward reduces the risk of airway obstruction due to collapse of structures in the mouth like the tongue or palate.

Bimaxillary advancement has a number of benefits over other sleep apnea surgeries, including: 

  • Extremely effective relief for sleep apnea symptoms
  • Long-term success rate is higher than 90%
  • Minimal need for revision or additional surgeries to enhance results
  • Some patients look younger due to elongation of facial features
Recovery from maxillomandibular advancement does tend to take longer than other types of sleep apnea surgery. A surgeon with experience in sleep disorders can discuss your concerns and determine whether or not surgical intervention is the best treatment option.

To learn more about sleep apnea surgery and other treatment options in your area, please contact a professional online or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 7:19 AM