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Does A Tonsillectomy Cure Sleep Apnea
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm at my wits end. I'm mainly looking for an ENT i can talk with, I have been getting weird symptoms from sleep apnea, dirt like taste in back of throat, blocked nose, tonsillectomy didn't help.
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 .....
How safe is a tonsilectomy? I am having mine done at the mayo clinic by dr david lott in arizona. ..People keep telling me how horrible it is. I am having it done for sleep apnea ans huge tonsils. ...
Typically very safe: A tonsillectomy is typically a very safe procedure and has been performed on millions of people for many years. No procedure is completely safe, however, so your surgeon will go over all of the potential risks with you before the surgery. As with all procedures, you have to do a risk/benefit analysis. Since you have sleep apnea from large tonsils, it sounds like there could be benefit to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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