Surgery, after other treatment options have been explored fully, may be recommended or opted for in treatment of a variety of sleep-related issues. For instance, surgery may play a role in such cases as when a deviated nasal septum or greatly enlarged tonsils is determined to be a factor causing sleep apnea. Chronic snorers will also often opt for surgical solutions to alleviate their problem.
The most commonly performed surgical procedures for sleep apnea include nasal surgery (where obstructions such as a deviated septum may be removed), somnoplasty (a minimally-invasive procedure to reduce the soft tissue in the upper airway), mandibular maxillar advancement surgery (where facial abnormalities and/or throat obstructions can be corrected), and UPPP (which stands for uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, the procedure for removal of soft tissue on the back of the throat and palate to increase the width of the airway at the throat opening). Surgery may also be needed to correct physical problems that cause snoring. Surgical options include somnoplasty, palate surgery, and tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, where the tonsils and/or adenoids are removed to prevent snoring.
Surgical procedures vary in how invasive or non-invasive they will be and in recovery time and “down-time” from work etc. Before any decision regarding a surgical solution, you will be fully educated on the procedure, its risks if any, and the desired outcome by our team of specialized board-certified doctors. Our state-o-the-art facility is equipped to serve your needs through all stages of your treatment including surgery, so you can feel comfortable knowing that Mt. Scott and the Mt. Scott expert team is with you from your first visit through completion of your treatment. So rest easy!