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Sleep Apnea Surgical Treatment

Man snoring in bed while woman covering her earsSleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing for short periods during sleep, leading to less oxygen in your body and disturbance in your normal sleep cycle. Although various non-surgical treatments are available for sleep apnea, some individuals may require surgical intervention.

Types of Sleep Apnea Surgical Treatment

Soft Palate Surgery

Soft palate surgery is the most common type of sleep apnea treatment and is typically performed under local anesthesia. The procedure involves removing or reducing excess tissue in the soft palate and uvula, which can block the airway during sleep. This surgery may be recommended for individuals with mild to moderate sleep apnea who have a narrow or floppy soft palate.

Maxillofacial Surgery

Maxillofacial surgery involves altering the upper and lower jaw position to increase the size of the airway. This type of surgery is typically reserved for individuals with more severe sleep apnea with anatomical abnormalities in the jaw and facial structures. Maxillofacial surgery may involve:
•  Moving the upper jaw forward (maxillary advancement)
•  Moving the lower jaw forward (mandibular advancement)
•  Combining both


Tracheostomy is a last resort surgical option for individuals with severe sleep apnea who have not responded to other treatments. This procedure involves creating a permanent opening in the neck through which a breathing tube can be inserted. This bypasses the upper airway, allowing air to flow directly into the lungs.

Benefits of Sleep Apnea Surgical Treatment

Improved Quality of Life

Sleep apnea surgical treatment can improve the quality of life of individuals by allowing them to have a more restful sleep, reducing daytime fatigue, and improving overall health.

Long Term Solution

Surgical treatment for sleep apnea can provide a long term solution for individuals with severe sleep apnea who have not responded to other treatments. It can also reduce the need to continuously use CPAP machines or oral appliances.

Reduced Risk of Associated Health Problems

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to various health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Sleep apnea surgical treatment can reduce the risk of these health problems by improving breathing during sleep.

Risks of Sleep Apnea Surgical Treatment

Bleeding and Infection

As with any surgical procedure, bleeding and infection are risks. However, these risks are generally low and can be managed with proper care and follow-up.

Adverse Reaction to Anesthesia

There is a risk of adverse reactions to anesthesia, including allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting, and breathing difficulties. However, these risks can be managed with proper care and monitoring.

Post-Surgical Discomfort

After surgery, individuals may experience discomfort in the affected area, such as pain, swelling, and bruising. However, these symptoms are generally manageable with pain medication and proper care.

Recovery from Sleep Apnea Surgical Treatment

Recovery from sleep apnea surgical treatment varies depending on the type of surgery and individual factors such as age, overall health, and the extent of the surgery. Generally, individuals can expect to take a few days to a few weeks off work or other activities to recover fully. During this time, they may need to avoid strenuous activities, eat soft foods, and use pain medication as their doctor prescribes.

It is essential to follow all post-surgical instructions provided by your doctor, including attending follow-up appointments, taking medication as prescribed, and avoiding smoking or alcohol consumption during recovery. Maintaining good oral hygiene, especially after maxillofacial surgery, is also important, as it can increase the risk of infection if you do not.

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