Can sleep apnea be cured by surgery?

Surgery for sleep apnea is usually recommended only if other therapies had problems with effectiveness or were not appropriate options for a patient.

Often it takes a combination of procedures to achieve success. And it is requisite that the patient finds a surgeon who understands both the pathophysiology of sleep apnea and the anatomy of the upper respiratory tract to ensure the best chance of success.

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

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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