Surgical Intervention for OSA patients
A number of different surgeries are often tried to improve the size or tone of the patient’s airway. For decades, tracheostomy was the only effective treatment for sleep apnea. It is used today only in very rare, intractable cases that have withstood other attempts at treatment.
Modern treatments try one or more of several options, tailored to the patient’s needs. Often the long-term success rate is low, prompting many doctors to favor CPAP as the treatment of choice.
Nasal surgery, including turbinectomy (removal or reduction of a nasal turbinate), or straightening of the nasal septum, in patients with nasal obstruction or congestion which reduces airway pressure and complicates OSA.
Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy in an attempt to increase the size of the airway.
Removal or reduction of parts of the soft palate and some or all of the uvula, such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty. Variations of this procedure sometimes use radio frequency waves to heat and remove tissue.
Reduction of the tongue base, either with laser excision or radio frequency ablation.
Genioglossus Advancement, in which a small portion of the lower jaw which attaches to the tongue is moved forward, to pull the tongue away from the back of the airway.
Hyoid Suspension, in which the hyoid bone in the neck, another attachment point for tongue muscles, is pulled forward in front of the larynx.
Maxillomandibular advancement. A more invasive surgery usually only tried in difficult cases where other surgeries have not relieved the patient’s OSA, or where an abnormal facial structure is suspected as a root cause.
Pillar procedure, three small inserts are injected into the soft palate to offer support, reducing snoring and sleep apnea.
The type of surgery is necessary for you will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea. Explore all the possibilities with your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe a CPAP first.
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The ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet is a premium auto-adjusting pressure device with a built-in humidifier, cellular connectivity as well as advanced event detection.
The AirSense™10 Autoset with built-in HumidAir™ Heated Humidifier from ResMed is at the cutting edge of CPAP technology. This model functions with a high powered AutoSet Algorithm and provides a completely individualized and dependable treatment session for you. When it comes CPAP machines, the AirSense™10 Autoset™ with HumidAir™ provides a great alternative.
The AirSense™10 Autoset™ with HumidAir™ Heated Humidifier features an Expiratory Pressure Relief or EPR, system which enables the pressure to be continuously adjusted with regard to allowing for more natural breathing.
The LCD Display features an easy-to-read menu and tracking for many of the major data points of a therapy session. Both you and your Clinician can use the screen to review data such as ramp time, humidity level, pressure relief and others in order to adjust these settings for the needs of each patient. Clinicians can use the “Sleep Report” option on the menu in order to retrieve advanced data regarding each therapy session.
THE DREAM TEAM at Advanced Sleep Therapy consists of a team of Respiratory Practitioners, as well as an RN Nurse Clinician who will assist you in starting out with the proper CPAP treatment equipment right in the comfort of your home and then provide ongoing monitoring to your Doctor.
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