Despite the various remedies available, many of those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea find it almost impossible to get a good night’s rest. The condition becomes so chronic for some patients that they are left choking and gasping for air during the night. There are cases in which surgery is required to clear the blockage, but patients often ask – can sleep apnea be successfully treated with surgery. Let’s consider the facts.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which there is a blockage of the upper airway, due to the irregular relaxation of the throat muscles. The resulting intermittent air flow causes sleep disruption.
Surgical Options for sleep apnea
Surgery is often recommended for the treatment of sleep apnea when other treatments fail. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) has traditionally been a common surgical option. However, several modifications have been made to the traditional UPPP technique, and surgery is now widely performed on an outpatient basis, with the use of lasers.
Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty
Laser assisted Uvulopalatoplasty is a procedure in which excess soft tissue is removed from the soft palate and uvula. Removing this excess tissue reduces the obstruction, and breathing becomes easier since more air can enter the throat.
Laser assisted Uvulopalatoplasty is a relatively simple procedure that can be completed in 15 minutes or less. It usually provides significant relief for people bothered by snoring and sleep apnea. However, there are times when clearing the blockage does not provide the expected relief.
So, can sleep apnea be treated with surgery? Yes it can, but patients should consult their physician to determine if surgery is right for them. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Armen Serebrakian to learn more. You can contact Dr. Serebrakian today at the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center by calling (510) 724-8282.