Surgical Procedures for Sleep Apnea
Related Media: Tonsillectomy If problems are identified that may be contributing to sleep apnea, and if the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment fails, it may be beneficial to have surgery. The types of surgeries include:
- Tonsillectomy for enlarged tonsils
- Removal of nasal polyps
- Surgery to straighten a deviated septum
- Correction of facial or jaw deformities
- Removal of tissue in the throat
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)This procedure involves the removal of extra tissue from the back of the throat, including the tonsils, the uvula, and part of the soft palate.
Laser-assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)Although this procedure seems to help improve snoring, it’s not clear whether it also has an effect on sleep apnea. This procedure uses laser techniques to remove tissue from the back of the throat.
Nasal SurgeryNasal surgery to remove an obstruction is another way to relieve sleep apnea.
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/07/2014