Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea? Know the Surgery Options at Your Disposal
is the red flower that blooms among the leaves and thorns that are the
rest of medicine. - Dr. Richard Selzer
maxillar advancement surgery: Mandibular refers to the lower jaw and
Maxillar refers to the upper jaw. So what does this surgery do? The abnormalities
in the lower jaw and the upper jaw are corrected with this surgery.
Genioglossus Advancement surgery: In this surgey the lower jaw is moved forward so that the tongue is moved to avoid blockage in the airway.
Hyoid Suspension surgery: In this the hyoid bone is pulled in front of the larynx. The hyoid bone is in the neck where the tongue muscles are attached.
this type of surgery is the most recent type that is used in the treatment
of sleep apnea. In this method a special electrode in the form of a needle
is used to pierce the tongue, throat, and soft palate and using a radio
frequency generator they are heated to temperatures between 158 to 176
degrees. This is done for 30 minutes.
Snoreplasty: this result of this method eliminates snoring. In this method a topical anaesthesia is given using an injection at the back of the throat and palate. This makes it numb and stiff thus stopping the fluttering of the palate. This reduces the noise due to snoring.
Turbinectomy: Bones and soft tissues are removed to open up the nasal passage. This surgery can be done if the passage is blocked. The blockage could have been due to chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, swelling of adenoids and tonsils, nasal septum, chronic inflammation or tumor in the nose.
Pillar procedure: Patients having mild to moderate sleep apnea can be benefited with this method. In this method inserts are injected to support the tissue at the back of the throat in the soft palate.
people suffering from severe and persistent sleep apnea can make use of
this procedure. This is the oldest method. In this method a tube is inserted
in the neck with a small incision.
forms of surgeries can be used for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Support
devices are available to both Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea.