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Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep, it can lead to severe health issues if left untreated. While lifestyle changes and non-invasive treatments like CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are often the first line of defense, sleep apnea surgery becomes a crucial option for those who do not respond to these treatments. In this blog, we will delve into the details of sleep apnea surgery, exploring the types, benefits, risks, and what patients can expect from the procedure.

What is Sleep Apnea Surgery?

Sleep apnea surgery includes a number of different procedures that are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They aim at alleviating any obstructions in the airway to improve breathing during sleep. They include procedures such as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Genioglossus advancement (GA), Hyoid suspension, Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA), etc. The success rate of these procedures are subjective to the severity of the condition and what procedure is being performed, hence, this is a variable and needs to be evaluated by the specialist.

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What Conditions are Treated with Sleep Apnea Surgery?

Here are the conditions that are treated or managed through sleep apnea surgery.

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): It is characterized by repetitive episodes of either complete or partial upper airway obstruction during sleep. 
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA): This occurs because of the transient cessation of respiration during sleep with no evident respiratory effort.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome: Combined central and obstructive sleep apnea often referred to as treatment emergent central sleep apnea seen amongst the people who are diagnosed with OSA in the first instance.
  • Snoring: Loud snoring may be lessened or eliminated by the treatment for sleep apnea, which is a more common symptom of OSA that can disturb the sleep of both the person and their partner.
  • Associated health risks: This is represented by the general control of the health risks related to sleep apnea, which include hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, and cognitive impairment.

Different Types of Sleep Apnea Surgeries

Sleep apnea surgeries can come in many different types. This is because there are different areas of obstruction in the airway when dealing with obstructive sleep apnea. Which sleep apnea surgery your doctor will recommend depends on what is causing your symptoms. The types of sleep apnea surgeries include the following.

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): The excessive tissues within the throat, including the uvula, soft palate, and pharynx are removed to open the airway.
  • Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction: This procedure is done to straighten a deviated septum and reduce the size of turbinates in the nasal cavity to increase flow in the passages.
  • Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy: Excision of hypertrophied tonsils and adenoids since they can obstruct the upper airway
  • Genioglossus Advancement (GA): This surgery advances the tongue muscle to prevent it from collapsing into the throat during sleep. 
  • Hyoid Suspension: Forwards the suspension of the hyoid bone to stabilize the airway from collapse.
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA): It involves changes to the position of the upper and lower jaw so that a person's airway is widened and not collapsible.
  • Inspire Therapy: A small device is implanted in the chest that, during sleep, stimulates the hypoglossal nerve, keeping airway muscles toned and preventing their collapse.
  • Palatal Implants: Rods are inserted into the soft palate to stiffen the tissue and reduce vibration, preventing collapse during sleep.
  • Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP): Uses laser energy to remove or reshape throat tissue to widen the airway.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of the Palate: Involves controlled release of radiofrequency energy to the soft palate to shrink and stiffen tissue, reducing the tendency to collapse.

Each of these surgeries targets specific anatomical or physiological factors contributing to obstructive sleep apnea and should be customized to the individual's condition and response to other treatments. 

Benefits of Sleep Apnea Surgery

  • Improved Sleep Quality: By reducing or eliminating breathing interruptions, patients can achieve deeper, more restful sleep.
  • Better Overall Health: Effective treatment of sleep apnea can lower the risk of cardiovascular issues, stroke, and other related health problems.
  • Enhanced Daytime Functioning: Better sleep leads to improved concentration, mood, and overall daytime performance.
  • Potential Reduction in CPAP Dependence: Some patients may be able to reduce or eliminate their use of CPAP machines.

Postoperative Care and Recovery

Postoperative care is crucial for a successful recovery. Patients should follow their surgeon’s instructions closely, which may include:

  • Pain Management: Medications to manage pain and reduce swelling.
  • Dietary Modifications: Soft foods or liquids may be recommended initially.
  • Follow-up Appointments: Regular check-ups to monitor healing and effectiveness of the surgery.
  • Activity Restrictions: Limiting physical activity to allow proper healing.

Why Choose Medfin?

Surgery can be a daunting aspect, and feeling anxious is absolutely normal. The massive amount of information you can get from the internet may confuse you even more. This is where Medfin can help. Leave us the hefty task of finding the best hospital and the finest doctor, for sleep apnea surgery at the lowest cost. Let us take charge while you sit back and focus on your health and recovery. Think surgery! Think Medfin!

The power of Medfin in patient’s words


“ Got to know about them from my friend. They got an appointment for only 299. Once the doctor confirmed that I needed the surgery they got me a fixed cost which included ALL the costs. No extra amounts were charged. Thank you Medfin”

Suresh Menon Hyderabad 8 days ago
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“ After my consultation with the doctor, MEDFIN representative got me a fixed package cost that included my mothers initial tests, surgery cost. They also gave me stockings free for Rs. 3000 post the surgery. They kept up their promise they made”

Radhika Iyer Mumbai 8 days ago
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“ Thank you Medfin. They ensured the whole process from selecting a very experienced doctor to offering the latest procedure at a very reasonable price. They also arranged a follow up post my surgery with the doctor to ensure my recovery was on track. Thank you for being there throughout”

Deepa Shree Bangalore 8 days ago
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