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Sleep Apnea Surgery Options

There are other treatment options available for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring. Once you’ve undergone an overnight sleep study, an experienced and specially trained sleep physician may recommend the following options:


Surgery

In some cases, surgery may be required to correct any physical abnormalities. Enlarged tonsils, for example, can contribute to sleep apnea. This symptom can be alleviated with a tonsillectomy.


Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, or UPPP, is another surgical technique that removes excess tissue at the back of the throat. Unfortunately for some patients, there are negative side effects to this procedure – one being that apnea symptoms are not resolved.


Somnoplasty

A somnoplasty is a non-invasive procedure that uses low power, low temperature radio frequency energy to reduce the tongue. This treatment option takes place in the physician’s office under local anesthesia and typically lasts less than an hour. Although multiple somnoplasty treatments may be required, snoring and apnea episodes are often alleviated with this procedure.


Tracheostomy

A tracheostomy is a procedure in which a tube is inserted into the throat to make an opening in the windpipe and is only used for either severe cases of sleep apnea or when other treatments fail. The tube is closed during the day, allowing for normal activities, and opened at night to bypass the obstruction in the throat.

Remember, the first step to getting help for obstructive sleep apnea is to undergo an overnight sleep study that will determine the severity of your condition. This will provide an experienced and specially trained sleep physician with the necessary data to recommend therapy options that can get you on your way to a better night’s sleep.