Sleep Apnea Surgery


Sleep apnea is caused by blockages in the airways. Whether the condition is caused by enlarged tonsils or fatty tissue cells, it is a treatable condition. An option in curing or making sleep apnea more bearable is surgery. To reduce blockages, soft tissues or bone tissues are reconstructed during surgery.

Before having any major surgery done, it is important to be well-informed by your doctor. Consider all the health risks and which procedure would benefit your health most. It should be noted that surgery may not cure the sleep apnea, but only make it less severe. Also, in some cases surgery will only worsen sleep apnea. Take these factors into consideration before resorting to surgery.

However, if surgery is the best treatment for your situation there are a few options.  The most common procedure for sleep apnea is UPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty). This procedure is used to enhance the airways by removing tonsils and adenoids. The surgeon may also choose to remove or shorten the uvula (tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth). With a success rate of more than 40%, this  is a highly effective procedure.


Somnoplasty is also a surgical procedure which may help prevent sleep apnea. The procedure shrinks the tongue or palate using radio frequencies. This is a repetitive treatment as multiple treatments are needed. Another option is the tongue suspension procedure. A small screw in the jaw helps prevent the tongue from blocking the airways. However, somnoplasty and the tongue suspension procedure are new treatments and the efficiancy of the two treatments is yet to be published.

Another treatment which is widely discussed is tracheotomy. A hole in the trachea or windpipe allows air to travel through the airways. This is a treatment for patients who suffer from severe cases of sleep apnea and have tried other treatments without results.

Other treatments are lingualplasty (removing a part of the tongue) or maxillomandibular osteotomy (enlarging the airway by moving the jaw forward).  Though very successful, these surgeries are complicated and last several hours.

When deciding for surgery it is important to be fully aware of the risks and benefits. Consider if surgery is the right option in terms of sleep apnea treatments for you… and always make sure that you are in the hands of a professional surgeon.

Alternate spelling: sleep apnoea | Common misspellings: sleep apnia, sleep apena, sleep apneia

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ANSH from Charlotte Financial

This is really a dangerous thing and i think here is the prevention of the problem. I like your post very much, hope you will share your thoughts again with us.

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