Sleep Apnea Surgery: Understanding the Different Surgical Options
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, which can lead to daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, and other health problems. While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most common treatment for sleep apnea, some patients may require surgery to correct the issue. In this blog, we will discuss the different surgical options for sleep apnea.
- UPPP is a surgical procedure that is done to remove excess tissue in the throat, such as the uvula, tonsils, and adenoids. This procedure can open up the airway and improve breathing during sleep. UPPP is typically done under general anesthesia and requires a few weeks of recovery time.
Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA)
- MMA is a surgical procedure that is done to reposition the upper and lower jaw, moving them forward to open up the airway. This procedure can be done for patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea who have not responded to other treatments. MMA requires general anesthesia and a longer recovery time than UPPP.
- Hyoid suspension is a surgical procedure that is done to reposition the hyoid bone, a bone in the neck that supports the tongue and other soft tissues in the throat. This procedure can improve breathing by creating more space in the airway. Hyoid suspension requires general anesthesia and a few weeks of recovery time.
- Inspire therapy is a newer surgical option that involves implanting a small device that stimulates the nerves that control the tongue and other soft tissues in the throat. This stimulation can help keep the airway open during sleep. Inspire therapy requires general anesthesia and a shorter recovery time than other surgical options.
In conclusion, sleep apnea surgery can be an effective treatment for patients who have not responded to other therapies. The surgical options for sleep apnea include UPPP, MMA, hyoid suspension, and inspire therapy. Each of these procedures has its benefits and risks, and patients should discuss their options with their doctor to determine the best course of treatment for their sleep apnea. For more information or to consult with Dr. Pollock and his team, you can call us at 469-264-8921.