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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

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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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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. ...

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 more

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I have "central sleep apnea." what is cure?

I have "central sleep apnea." what is cure?

See cardiologist: Central sleep apnea is most commonly a reflection of heart failure and will improve if heart condition is treated and improved. There are other predominantly neurological causes that are much harder to treat, but they are uncommon. Specialized breathing machine can mitigate central sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea... Is there any permanent cure?

Sleep apnea... Is there any permanent cure?

Sleep apnea: The best cure is weight loss but this does not guarantee a cure. There are many people that lose weight and their apnea gets much better. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for sleep apnea?

Is there a natural cure for sleep apnea?

No: There is no natural cure for sleep apnea. It is a serious health problem. In some individuals, a large weight loss may stop symptoms. For many people an oral appliance can be a better option than a CPAP machine. ...Read more

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Does the surgery of the jawbone cure the sleep apnea ?

Does the surgery of the jawbone cure the sleep apnea ?

It can: It can if the area of the obstruction is opened with the corrective surgery. Jaw advancement surgery has the highest success rate of any OSA surgery. ...Read more

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What are the risks and cures for obstructive stage IV sleep apnea?

What are the risks and cures for obstructive stage IV sleep apnea?

See below: The risks are significant health problems including heart problems and death. Treatment options should be discussed with your sleep doctor and may include surgery, cpap, and an oral appliance. ...Read more

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I am a 22 year old suffering from sleep apnea. Is there a cure for me?

Yes: There are a number of treatment options available from changing your sleep position, cpap, a mandibular advancement appliance , and surgeries. It would be best to discuss your options with your physician. The best option will depend upon the severity of sleep apnea and some personal choices. ...Read more

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Can melatonin cure sleep apnea related rbd? I've been using melatonin for a week, not getting any better.

Can melatonin cure sleep apnea related rbd? I've been using melatonin for a week, not getting any better.

No: While one may be able to sleep longer or change part of their sleep, the obstruction or obstructions remain. The ability to get to rem or stay in rem is still hampered, the oxygen saturation (sp02) is still affected, etc. If you have sleep apnea, you need to look into an oral appliance, CPAP or surgical alternatives. ...Read more

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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