sleep apnea surgery

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The are many surgical treatments available for treating obstructive sleep apnea, beyond what can be described in this format. Many are specific to the type and level of the causes for OSA, seek an experienced practioner who can adequated discuss the benefits and risks for each type for a particular condition along with all alternatives.
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Dr. Martin Hirsch answered:

Will sleep apnea surgery cause problems with swallowing, speaking, gagging, or sleeping? I.e. What side effects will the surgery possibly have?

Not usually

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in the short time right after surgery you will have some discomfort. The rest depends upon the surgeon and the extent of the surgery
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Dr. Jason J. Hall answered:

Sleep apnea surgery results?

Depends

Outcomes depend on the procedure/combination of procedures, as well as the anatomy of the airway. Soft tissue surgery (on the palate, nose, etc) have roughly a 50-70% success rate. Jaw surgery, although a bit more drastic, has approximately a 90-95% success rate. Best to see a surgeon in your area trained in sleep surgery to discuss this at length and choose the right procedure for you.
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Dr. Majid Jamali answered:

Is sleep apnea surgery effective?

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Some surgeries are more effective than others. Te most important part is the diagnosis to see where the problem is. Jaw advancement is shown to have great results. This surgery opens up the posterior airway.
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Dr. TED FEDER answered:

What is the new sleep apnea surgery?

Soft Tissue +/- Bone

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Lasers or Radio waves can be used to trim back excessive soft tissue. The upper and/or lower jaws can be brought forward which opens the airway.
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Are there any new sleep apnea surgery?

Down the road

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There are some interesting new surgical treatments for sleep apnea which are not yet FDA approved. Keep your eyes and ears open in next year or two.
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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis answered:

What is involved in sleep apnea surgery?

Several types

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There are several types of surgery for treatment of sleep apnea. All involve either removing, or re-positoning structures to improve your airflow. Be sure that you have considered other alternatives as well. CPAP from your MD, or an oral appliances from your dentist, are non-surgical options to be considered.
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Dr. Phil Zapanta answered:

What do you know about sleep apnea surgery?

Patient selection

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Surgery for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is all about patient selection and patience. OSA is due to airway collapse and ENTs have various medical (including CPAP) and surgical treatments to treat this collapse. When my patients fail medical therapy OR need help tolerating CPAP, surgery MIGHT be the answer. It takes a tailored approach for each patient for a reasonable outcome.
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Should I risk obstructive sleep apnea surgery?

Last resort

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If you've been properly diagnosed, what other solutions have you tried? There is CPAP of various types and mandibular advancement appliances, made by dentists. These approaches can be very effective, alone or in combination. Surgery is highly invasive, painful and not always successful. In addition, there is often surgical relapse, and you return to pre surgical condition. Last resort for me.
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What are the options for sleep apnea surgery?

Multiple.

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There are multiple options depending on the severity and requires a further evaluation as well as a sleep study and a CT of your head and neck for evalution.
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Dr. Yale C. Kanter answered:

Are red eyes common after sleep apnea surgery on the nose?

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Not necessarily. You may have a dry eye syndrome that has developed or was exacerbated by the surgery and if it persists it should be evaluated further.
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