There are several forms of treatment available for sleep apnea, including CPAP machines and other non-surgical methods. Some patients may require surgery when no other form of treatment has worked. 

Your Surgical Options

Sleep apnea surgery can be performed in three different ways. During your initial evaluation, your provider will discuss which type of surgery will be best for you depending on the type of sleep apnea you have. The types of surgery include:

Radiofrequency Volumetric Tissue Reduction

This surgery is best for those who are unable to wear a breathing device such as a CPAP. The surgeon uses a radiofrequency tool to reduce, or altogether remove, the tissue in the back of the throat. This creates a more clear airway and can benefit those who snore.

Turbinate Reduction

The turbinates are made of tissue found inside the nose that can interfere with breathing. During this surgery, they are reduced or removed. This helps open the nasal passageways, and can improve one’s ability to breathe.

Septoplasty

The septum is the wall made of cartilage and bone that separates the nostrils. When the septum is not straight, it can cause patients to have difficulty breathing and sleeping. A septoplasty can straighten the septum, leading to easier breathing and sleeping.

Some other surgical procedures are available that can help treat sleep apnea, but these are the primary forms used by SFENTA. During your consultation, your provider will discuss your available options and the steps of each surgery. 

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Conditions Treated

The main condition treated through these surgeries is sleep apnea, but they can also benefit other conditions including snoring and difficulty breathing while asleep or awake.

The Surgical Procedure

The specific steps of the surgery and the recovery will depend on the type of surgery being used. At your appointment before surgery, our staff will walk you through each step of the procedure and provide detailed instructions for both before and after surgery. 

Benefits of Sleep Apnea Surgery

Sleep apnea surgery can offer patients who have unsuccessfully tried other treatment methods lasting relief from sleep apnea. The surgery will permanently alter your tissue, leading to a more open airway and years of relief.

About SFENTA

SFENTA is South Florida’s premier destination for ENT care and state-of-the-art treatment. For over 30 years, we’ve been providing patients with comprehensive care personalized to their unique symptoms. 

Our goal is to provide each patient with:

Patient-Centered Care

Our providers take the time to listen to your concerns, ensuring your needs receive the attention they deserve.

Continuity of Care

Our physicians believe in finding long-term care solutions that address each of the symptoms that are impacting your life.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

We’ve built a provider network staffed with professionals from all corners of ENT care. This ensures you’re always seeing a provider who is experienced in your area of concern.

The Security of a Community Staple

SFENTA has become part of the South Florida community, so you can always rest assured that we’ll be there for you.

FAQ

Does the surgery require an overnight stay?

In some cases, yes. Your recovery, including overnight stays, will depend on the specific surgery required. Some sleep apnea surgeries do require an overnight stay, while others do not.

I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. Am I a candidate for surgery?

You may be. Surgery is typically used when other treatment options have been unsuccessful or are unable to be used. Our providers can assess if you are a candidate for sleep apnea surgery.

Are results from sleep apnea surgery guaranteed?

Because the surgery removes or reduces tissues that block the airways, you should experience relief. While results can never be guaranteed, most patients do experience an improvement in their symptoms.

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