Surgery For Snoring & OSA
When a patient has snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), there is usually a narrowing and or floppiness in some or all parts of the upper aerodigestive (nose, soft palate, sidewalls of the throat, tongue and tongue base).
Various minimally-invasive procedures can be used to reduce the size and/or increase the stiffness of structures that contribute to airway obstruction during sleep. These include:
- In the nose: Radiofrequency ablation or Coblation to the inferior turbinates
- At the soft palate: Radiofrequency ablation or Coblation of the soft palate and uvula
- At the tongue: Coblation tongue channelling for reduction of the tongue
- At the side walls of the throat: Barbed Reposition Pharyngoplasty (BRP)
The advantage of minimally-invasive procedures is that they are relatively low-risk procedures with quick post-procedure recovery. Pain after the procedure is usually mild and well-controlled with oral analgesic medications.
In addition, the procedures for the nose can usually be performed under local anaesthesia in the clinic.
Minimally-invasive options for treating OSA show good success rates for patients with mild OSA. They are also valid treatment alternatives for patients with moderate or severe OSA as part of multilevel surgery (i.e. surgery at multiple levels of the upper aerodigestive tract at the same time). As each patient has their unique anatomy, needs and concerns, the specific components and timing for treatment will need to be discussed carefully with your doctor.