Surgical Treatments for Sleep Apnea - Mason

While non-surgical treatments for sleep apnea tend to be preferable, sometimes surgery for sleep apnea is in a patient's best interests. There are a number of different surgical procedures that can be performed to meet a patient's needs. Dr. Raj Kulkarni can go over each of these surgeries in more detail during your sleep apnea consultation. Our Mason team would like to look at just a few of these sleep apnea surgical treatments right now.

What surgeries are performed for sleep apnea?

There are a few different surgical procedures to address sleep apnea. The best one for you and your needs will depend on your situation and the type of sleep apnea that you suffer from. By using the results of your sleep study as well as other diagnostic methods, Dr. Kulkarni can determine how best to meet your needs. Below are just some surgical treatments for sleep apnea that we may suggest at our Mason practice.

Nasal Cavity Surgery

This is a broad class of surgeries that are performed in order to reshape and unblock the nasal cavity. This is an ideal surgical treatment if a patient has a deviated septum which is contributing to a case of sleep apnea.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

If the structures of the mouth leading to the throat are causing airflow problems, then an uvulopalatopharyngoplasty may be an answer. A UPPP may involve the removal or adjustment of various structures, including the uvula, the soft palate, the adenoids, the tonsils, and/or the pharynx.

Mandibular Maxillar Advancement (MMA) Surgery

Mandibular maxillar advancement is one of the most invasive surgeries for addressing sleep apnea. During MMA, both the upper jaw and the lower jaw are surgically moved forward. This helps reposition the soft palate and tongue, and can help free up the airways and air passages in the process.

Pillar Palatal Implants

Pillar palatal implants are placed during a brief and minimally invasive procedure. Three specially designed implants will be placed into your soft palate. In time, your soft palate will harden slightly, reducing its ability to block the air passageways while you sleep. This helps reduce both snoring and sleep apnea.

Ideal Candidates for Sleep Apnea Surgeries

When you visit our practice serving Mason for sleep apnea treatment, we will do our best to use the most conservative therapies possible if they will prove most effective. For some patients, however, their best recourse for treatment will be surgery. Ideal candidates for sleep apnea surgery, then, are people who have structural issues with the nasal or oral cavity that can best be treated through surgical means.

Risks and Benefits of Sleep Apnea Surgeries

Most of the surgeries performed for sleep apnea carry the same risks as any other surgery. This includes risks of infection, poor healing, and adverse reaction to anesthetic. Generally these risks are rare since the surgeries are performed with the utmost care and more conservative treatments are considered first. The benefits of sleep apnea surgery are many, though the most important benefit is the main result: eliminating sleep apnea. By surgically revising the sinuses, nasal cavity, or structures of the mouth, the causes of sleep apnea are permanently addressed. Patients are able to sleep as normal without the use of special devices.

Learn More About Sleep Apnea Treatments in Mason

Surgical treatments are sometimes the only option to effectively treat a case of sleep apnea. These surgeries are carefully performed and the results are routinely great. To schedule a consultation to learn more about surgical options, contact our Mason practice for sleep apnea treatment today. Dr. Kulkarni and our entire staff look forward to discussing surgical options for sleep apnea treatment with you in person.