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Does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

Does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

It might: If the tonsils are huge and obstruct the airway then removing them might cure apnea. Usually though apnea is due to airway obstruction caused by different areas including the nose palate and tongue. Best to see and ENT for an airway evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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How effectively does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

How effectively does a tonsillectomy cure sleep apnea?

Depends: Often the narrowing of the airway is behind the tonsils(more the base of your tongue against the back of your throat) so depending where the problem is from can help determine if the tonsillectomy will help. ...Read more

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I have obstructive sleep apnea. Can a tonsillectomy completely improve my quality of life?

I have obstructive sleep apnea. Can a tonsillectomy completely improve my quality of life?

Likely not: Tonsillectomy works well for osa for children, but not so much for adults. Cpap, oral airway devices or jaw surgery are much more likely to help out. ...Read more

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What to do if I have obstructive sleep apnea. will a tonsillectomy completely improve my quality of life?

What to do if I have obstructive sleep apnea. will a tonsillectomy completely improve my quality of life?

Perhaps: OSA anatomical problems are often multifactorial. Removing tonsils will help. Degree of improvement depends on how much that component contributes to the OSA. Other procedures may be indicated. Good question to ask your ENT doc. ...Read more

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I am suffering from sleep apnea and have a tonsillectomy scheduled for later this year. How well does this fix sleep apnea?

Surgery: Last resort: In most adult patients, the primary source of obstruction is the normal relaxation of the tongue and palatal muscles while asleep. Though the tonsils can obstruct the airway, that is usually the case in children, not adults. Before surgery, i encourage my patients to try an inexpensive jaw advancement appliance to rule out the tongue and prevent a possibly unnecessary surgery. ...Read more

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Two weeks ago, my 22 month old son had tonsillectomy forobstructive sleep apnea. He still wakes four times a night.Would there be improvement in sleep habits and behavioursoon?

Two weeks ago, my 22 month old son had tonsillectomy forobstructive sleep apnea. He still wakes four times a night.Would there be improvement in sleep habits and behavioursoon?

A bit of time yet: Expect to see improvements in your son's sleep habits and behavior in the next several weeks. Follow -up with your otolaryngologist and pediatric sleep specialist as scheduled so that his recovery can be monitored and a post operative sleep study performed if deemed necessary. The pediatric sleep specialist can also let you know specific issues that may be unique to 22 month olds. ...Read more

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I have grade 4 enlarged tonsils causing mild to moderate sleep apnea (AHI 10, nadir SpO2 88%). One dr said tonsillectomy other said CPAP. What's best?

I have grade 4 enlarged tonsils causing mild to moderate sleep apnea (AHI 10, nadir SpO2 88%). One dr said tonsillectomy other said CPAP. What's best?

Both: unless you were born with extra tonsils you have 2 adult tonsils and adenoidal tissue. Either tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy plus C-PAP will be beneficial. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more