Many of my readers are by now familiar with the many dangers of obstructive sleep apnea, but few people understand exactly where surgery comes into the picture. As a sinus surgeon, my role is to determine the source of the apnea, and to consult closely with patients about the how to resolve anatomical blockages that could be contributing to this potentially fatal sleep disorder.
This website offers an exhaustive list of surgical interventions for obstructive sleep apnea, and includes this overview of how and why a given procedure might be chosen by your sinus surgeon:
Any surgical treatment for sleep apnea must address the anatomic problem areas. There may be one or several areas that comprise airflow and cause apnea. Surgical treatments can address the nose, palate, tongue, jaw, neck, obesity, or several of these areas at the same time.
If you have questions about specific procedures, or simply want to know more about the philosophy behind apnea surgery, that site a good place to check for some basic information. And when you want to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact the sleep apnea professionals here today.