OSA Sleep Apnea Surgery – UPPP in Melbourne, VIC
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery, known as a Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), is a surgical procedure, with the goal of expanding the airflow space of the throat. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an advanced sleep disorder where a partial or complete interruption of airflow can lead to serious health conditions and behavioural disorders. Sleep-disordered breathing is characterized by snoring, episodes of cessation of breathing often accompanied by sudden awakening from sleep, and excessive daily fatigue and drowsiness.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep breathing disorder characterized by repeated episodes of troubled breathing. Individual episodes can last up to 2 minutes.
Relaxation of the pharyngeal muscles causes the base of the tongue and the back wall of the pharynx to collapse, and the airway to be partially or completely closed. Due to the inability of air to pass into the lungs, there is a lack of oxygen in the blood to which the brain reacts, wakes the patient from sleep, and allows him to breathe again. The patient usually does not remember these episodes of waking up.
Am I a Good Candidate for OSA Surgery?
You might be a good candidate for OSA Surgery if you are experiencing 3 or more of the following symptoms:
- Sleepiness and tiredness even after a good amount of sleep
- Common headaches and memory problems
- Waking up with irritated throat
- Loud snoring
- You were told that your breathing stops periodically during sleep
- You wake up with short breath
- You have problems controlling urination during sleep
- You have frequent nightmares
- You have high blood pressure, although you are in shape
- CPAP machine wasn’t effective, or you don’t want to wear it
However, keep in mind that most of these symptoms can be caused by a number of different medical conditions and that you will have to go through extensive medical exams before your doctor confirms OSA.
A team of neurologists and otorhinolaryngologists will assess the status of your sleep problem using state-of-the-art sleep tests that include methods such as polysomnography and sleep endoscopy.
Benefits of OSA Surgery
The most common benefits of OSA Surgery are:
- Reduced Snoring
- Improved Life Quality
- Better Sleep
- More practical than using a CPAP machine
- Reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular diseases
- Reduced risk of traffic accidents
- Higher energy
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery Before and After Photos
Visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of Before and After OSA surgery photographs representing typical results our patients get. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery Procedure
OSA surgery is recommended for patients who do not respond to noninvasive therapy, such as CPAP therapy.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery involves a variety of surgical procedures to treat apnea, from the various nose, sinus, soft palate, and uvula surgeries. The reason for the existence of several different surgeries is that apnea has a variety of possible anatomical causes with multiple levels of respiratory obstruction, from the nose to the larynx.
The largest number of otorhinolaryngologists with experience in the treatment of OSA advocate uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), a surgical procedure that can include uvulectomy, tonsillectomy, and removing the part of the soft palate. This procedure is often combined with Septoplasty to improve the airflow.
Recovery after Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery
Recovery after UPPP surgery is similar to tonsillectomy recovery.
You will probably be able to go back to work and your usual daily activities in 10-14 days after surgery, but full recovery will take up to 6 weeks.
It is advised to drink plenty of fluids, in the form of water, teas, and soups to avoid dehydration. Due to pain caused by swallowing, you will have to eat pureed food, at least in the first days after the surgery.
Refrain from hot and spicy food, as well as from coughing to prevent bleeding.
During the recovery period, you should avoid all kinds of strenuous activities such as training and playing sports.
Complications and Risks of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery is a complex procedure that should be done only by a Specialist Surgeon experienced in the field of ENT surgery.
Like every surgical procedure, OSA comes with certain risks and complications such as:
- Allergic reaction to the anaesthetic
- Swelling of the tongue and soft palate – breathing problems
- Bleeding during the wound healing process
- Severe pain
- Damage to the muscles in the throat and soft palate
- Speech changes
Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery Journey
- Clinical examination is necessary to determine the severity of the disorder. Therefore, as a rule, it is necessary to measure the function of respiration during sleep with the help of specialized devices (so-called polysomnography).
- During the continuous all-night recording on a polysomnographic device, the neurologist will monitor the parameters of brain waves, respiration, heart rate, blood oxygen, chest and abdomen movements, tracheal vibrations, leg movements, blood pressure, and body position.
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty operations last about 40 minutes. During this intervention, the tonsils, part of the soft palate, and the arches may be removed, and the posterior palatal arches reduced.
- Pain, infection, changes in voice colour, and difficulty swallowing may occur in the first days after the intervention and are usually temporary.
- Complications of surgery are similar to any procedure under anaesthesia, and also include bleeding, infection, difficulty swallowing after surgery, decreased sense of smell, and changes in voice.
- To improve the results and ease the recovery, it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up check-ups.
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery Cost
Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation.
Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery quote will include your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, perhaps a surgical assistant fee, and the hospital fees.
Further Reading – Medical References
- Surgery For Sleep Apnea – Sleep Apnea
- Procedures for Sleep Apnea Surgery – Sleep Education
- Surgical Treatments | Sleep Apnea
- Surgical Therapy of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Review – NCBI
- Obstructive sleep apnea – Diagnosis and treatment – Mayo Clinic
- Surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in adults
FAQ about OSA and Sleep Apnea Surgery
How painful is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery?
UPPP surgery can be painful, especially in the first days of the recovery. Your surgeon will prescribe liquid pain medication that will ease the discomfort.
Can I lose weight during the recovery after UPPP surgery?
Some patients may lose some weight due to the difficulties in eating.
Can Septoplasty cure Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
As an independent surgical procedure, Septoplasty can not cure OSA, but it can help in the treating process. A deviated septum may cause troubles in the airflow, but usually is not the main and sole reason responsible for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
How long will I have to stay hospitalized after Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery?
It depends on the complexity of the surgery for each patient. Most patients are discharged the same day, but an overnight stay is possible.
Does OSA Surgery solve the problem of snoring?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery helps open up the upper airway and eliminates snoring.
What are the advantages of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery over the CPAP machine?
Although CPAP machines have good success rates and help patients suffering from Sleep Apnea, they are bulky, uncomfortable, and quite expensive.
Why Choose Us?
Our Melbourne based, fully-qualified Surgeons primarily operate at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne. They use only experienced anaesthetists and a top team of surgical support staff.
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose, and Throat ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for improving the quality of life for those patients who suffer from Sleep Apnea caused issues.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery is a highly-specialized field, so the choice of the right surgeon with Apnea expertise can deeply impact the results you are looking for.
Choosing the best OSA Sleep Apnea Surgeon for a Better Night’s Sleep
When choosing the right surgeon for Sinus Surgery, you should always keep in mind that the experience, training, and credentials have greater importance than the price tag. Special deals, fixed prices, and big discounts should raise a red flag. Usually, those kinds of procedures lead to another disappointing result and in the end line cost more and produce more stress, pain, take more time, and discomfort than one procedure conducted by the professional and experienced surgeon.
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist). Dr Stephen Kleid consults in three Melbourne practice locations – Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Hawthorn East, St Kilda East and East Melbourne. Dr Kleid has a passion for rhinoplasty and Rhinoplasty Revision.
Dr Richard Sackelariou is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Nose Expert operating in Melbourne and Sydney
Always Choose a qualified, experienced Expert in Sleep Apnea Surgery
Be sure to find out if your surgeon is FRACS qualified and has proven and relevant surgical experience.
Don’t choose someone who studied a different area of medicine as they are unlikely to have the same rigorous surgical training required to become recognized as a Specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Coco Ruby is an Australia-wide Specialist Plastic Surgeons Group, with the appropriate qualifications and members of recognized associations. Look for members of FRACS, ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS as some of the Qualifications of your Surgeon. Our Surgeons operate in an accredited hospital, not in the back-room of a clinic.
Proven experience and examples from real patients or recommendations from your friends, family, or GP are available.
The Next Steps – What to do Next
- Visit the FAQs page and read patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or call on 1300 264 811 to arrange your consultation with your surgeon
- A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.