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Having my tonsils and uvula removed on tuesday. Sleep apnea score is 29. Worried about uvula removal and side effects from this. Suggestions on this?
Airway restriction: They plan this surgery to increase the size of your airway opening. Did a CPAP not work? Are your tonsils so large that you're trapping food while eating, thereby having difficulty swallowing too? Are you obese? Major weight loss has been shown to help, if kept off. These are all factors that need to be considered when surgery is your treatment choice. Moderate post-op pain is a side effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uvula: Great question! It has long been thought that the uvula is "vestigial," meaning that it really has no specific purpose. Having removed the uvula hundreds of times for patients who snore and have sleep apnea, I've found that not having one does seem to affect swallowing of nasal secretions, specifically making it somewhat harder. I think a purpose is to help with nasal mucous clearance ...Read more