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Is sleep apnea reversible?

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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Surgery - Plastics
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Sleep apnea can have a number of causes, from being overweight to septal deviations.
It is best to be evaluated and see what your issues are.

In brief: Yes

Sleep apnea can have a number of causes, from being overweight to septal deviations.
It is best to be evaluated and see what your issues are.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Treatable

It may be treatable and in some cases it may be reversible but it really depends on the cause.
This requires a full analysis including a physical examination, possible endoscopy, imaging and sleep studies, .

In brief: Treatable

It may be treatable and in some cases it may be reversible but it really depends on the cause.
This requires a full analysis including a physical examination, possible endoscopy, imaging and sleep studies, .
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep apnea

Hello. Sleep apnea is reversible.
We have cured patients with weight loss, surgery and CPAP. While CPAP is thought of as treatment without a cure, often times when sleep disturbances are corrected with CPAP, metabolism rises and weight loss becomes easier.

In brief: Sleep apnea

Hello. Sleep apnea is reversible.
We have cured patients with weight loss, surgery and CPAP. While CPAP is thought of as treatment without a cure, often times when sleep disturbances are corrected with CPAP, metabolism rises and weight loss becomes easier.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep apnea

With proper treatment, yes.

In brief: Sleep apnea

With proper treatment, yes.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Francine Mosley
General Practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: Must be treated

Frequently it's treated with use of cpap: continuous positive airway pressure device.
It's a mask worn when sleeping, so that as the back of your throat relaxes - and closes off and causes apnea - a stream of air will blow in to keep the airway open. Surgeries are available, but CPAP works as well or better and there's much less risk. But stop smoking before that makes you quit breathing at all!

In brief: Must be treated

Frequently it's treated with use of cpap: continuous positive airway pressure device.
It's a mask worn when sleeping, so that as the back of your throat relaxes - and closes off and causes apnea - a stream of air will blow in to keep the airway open. Surgeries are available, but CPAP works as well or better and there's much less risk. But stop smoking before that makes you quit breathing at all!
Dr. Francine Mosley
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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: It depends on cause

If it is anatomical then yes, absolutely.
If it is in the central nervous system, less likely to see cure.

In brief: It depends on cause

If it is anatomical then yes, absolutely.
If it is in the central nervous system, less likely to see cure.
Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Actually having sleep apnea can be stopped with weight loss, cpap, or possible surgery.
Another issue is the lung and/or heart damage that may have taken place- this may not be reversible. Hope this helps.

In brief: Yes

Actually having sleep apnea can be stopped with weight loss, cpap, or possible surgery.
Another issue is the lung and/or heart damage that may have taken place- this may not be reversible. Hope this helps.
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
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Dr. Majid Jamali
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep Apnea

First a diagnosis should be made as to which kind you have, a central or obstructive sleep apnea.
Medications can be prescribed for neurological disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea is from narrowing of the airway which could start from nasal nares to throat, the area in the back of tongue. Procedures range from nose surgery to jaw surgery to reverse this situation.

In brief: Sleep Apnea

First a diagnosis should be made as to which kind you have, a central or obstructive sleep apnea.
Medications can be prescribed for neurological disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea is from narrowing of the airway which could start from nasal nares to throat, the area in the back of tongue. Procedures range from nose surgery to jaw surgery to reverse this situation.
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Dr. Weihong Pan
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Reversible OSA

Sleep apnea can be reversible.
With proper treatment and successful weight loss, obstructive sleep apnea may resolve completely in many people. However, sustained sleep apnea induce memory and metabolic changes that might not return to baseline after many years. That is why it is important to seek treatment early once diagnosed, even if you feel that your daily function is quite well compensated.

In brief: Reversible OSA

Sleep apnea can be reversible.
With proper treatment and successful weight loss, obstructive sleep apnea may resolve completely in many people. However, sustained sleep apnea induce memory and metabolic changes that might not return to baseline after many years. That is why it is important to seek treatment early once diagnosed, even if you feel that your daily function is quite well compensated.
Dr. Weihong Pan
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

You can treat sleep apnea with a CPAP or BiPAP mask worn at night.
If you're overweight, you can actually cure sleep apnea with weight loss; then you wouldn't need the mask.

In brief: Yes.

You can treat sleep apnea with a CPAP or BiPAP mask worn at night.
If you're overweight, you can actually cure sleep apnea with weight loss; then you wouldn't need the mask.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. John Feola
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: R/O OSA

OSA can be suggested by history and physical.
Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL.

In brief: R/O OSA

OSA can be suggested by history and physical.
Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL.
Dr. John Feola
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Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: Possible

Sleep apnea is treatable and in some cases can be cured.
If the sleep apnea is related to obesity, then significant weight loss can lead to a cure. For those with a very mild degree, ENT surgery and be curative. The majority of patients require PAP therapy.

In brief: Possible

Sleep apnea is treatable and in some cases can be cured.
If the sleep apnea is related to obesity, then significant weight loss can lead to a cure. For those with a very mild degree, ENT surgery and be curative. The majority of patients require PAP therapy.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Dr. Dale Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Maybe

Sleep apnea in adults tends to be related to excessive tissue collapse in the throat (tongue, palate, throat walls) or nasal obstruction (septum, turbinates), though obesity plays a huge role.
Often controlling weight (loss of 10% or more of body weight if you are overweight) is a big help to decrease the severity of sleep apnea. Some surgeries can help too. CPAP is the gold standard therapy.

In brief: Maybe

Sleep apnea in adults tends to be related to excessive tissue collapse in the throat (tongue, palate, throat walls) or nasal obstruction (septum, turbinates), though obesity plays a huge role.
Often controlling weight (loss of 10% or more of body weight if you are overweight) is a big help to decrease the severity of sleep apnea. Some surgeries can help too. CPAP is the gold standard therapy.
Dr. Dale Tylor
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