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Can sleep apnea be cured by surgery?

Generally, surgery for sleep apnea is suggested only if you have tried and can't tolerate noninvasive therapies or to improve an airway blockage so that you can tolerate noninvasive therapies better.

To treat obstructive sleep apnea successfully, you may need to go through a combination of procedures. Also, to ensure the best chance of success, you must find a doctor who has knowledge of both the anatomy of the upper respiratory tract and the pathophysiology of sleep apnea.

Surgical options may include:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) (surgical removal of tissue)
  • Upper airway stimulation
  • Jaw surgery (maxillomandibular advancement)
  • Surgical opening in the neck (tracheostomy)
  • Soft palate implants (the Pillar procedure)
  • Hyoid suspension
  • Tongue advancement and tongue base reduction
  • Nasal surgery for the treatment of nasal obstruction
  • Surgery to remove enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
  • Bariatric surgery, if you are very overweight

The proper procedure selection is critical to the success of the surgical management of OSA. Talk to your doctor for a complete evaluation and to learn what treatment may be best for you.

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