From allergies to asthma, breathing problems affect millions of people every year. Some breathing problems are part of another disorder, like Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Though this sounds like a mere annoyance, Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can make your life much more difficult to manage. In certain cases, if you are living with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty may be an option for you. Sleep Apnea most commonly occurs in adult men, though women and children may also experience symptoms.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
Loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, witnessed problems breathing at night.
Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
Large tonsils, a large and/or obstructive tongue, tightness at the back of the throat, being overweight or obese, sleeping on your back. Men are at higher risk than women.
Dr. Davis performs this procedure, which takes about an hour, in the hospital operating room. The surgery involves placement of dissolvable sutures at the back of the throat to help increase airflow. Tonsils are often removed during the procedure as well. Most patients go home the following day and medications will be provided to help control discomfort. Soft, cold foods are a must during the approximately two week recovery period.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*