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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. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...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 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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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?

Not likely: Sleep apnea is due to obstruction of the oropharyngeal airway usually at the level of the tongue or epiglottis. Two-thirds of patients with OSA are overweight and fatty infiltration of the neck and tongue may also contribute to airway obstruction during sleep. ...Read more

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Is a tonsilectomy safe? If so how safe is it? I have mild sleep apnea and huge ttonsils and they want me to have this surgery .....

Is a tonsilectomy safe? If so how safe is it? I have mild sleep apnea and huge ttonsils and they want me to have this surgery .....

If: You are snoring and breathing stops on occasion, that could be detrimental in long run. If tonsil enlarged, better option than using machine (CPAP) specially if you are young. Surgery has risk, but under a competitive surgeon and team, you should do fine. ...Read more

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Is removal of tonsils a "must" for sleep apnea?

Is removal of tonsils a "must" for sleep apnea?

Only for children: Tonsillectomy is the first line treatment for sleep apnea in children. For adults, tonsillectomy will not cure sleep apnea, it is not normally recommended unless tonsils are unusually enlarged. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping 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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more