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Sleep apnoea treatment

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep. We take a look at the treatments available.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep, leading to a feeling of exhaustion during the day. It occurs due to the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissue in the throat, restricting oxygen supply and causing the person to come out of deep sleep and enter lighter sleep, or even briefly wake up. This lack of deep sleep will leave OSA sufferers feeling very tired during the day, even though they may have no memory of their interrupted sleep.

Apparatus that assists breathing while asleep, called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is usually the first option in treating OSA.

If this proves unsuccessful there are a number of surgical treatments available, which differ depending on the cause of the blocked airway.

If the tonsils are blocking the airway, a Tonsillectomy to remove them will allow free breathing.

If soft tissue in the throat is preventing normal breathing an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) can remove it to widen the airway.

Patients will have a severe sore throat for around a week after the procedure and discomfort may last for 2 to 3 weeks. Most patients stay overnight after the procedure and take a weeks rest upon returning home.

Due to the creation of scar tissue in the throat, UPPP has been known to lead in some cases to the undesired narrowing of the airway in the nose and throat, worsening the sleep apnoea. Patients may also experience difficulty swallowing for some time after the procedure.

Specialists offering Sleep apnoea treatment

Mr Irfan Syed

Consultant ENT Surgeon

BSc(Hons) MBBS(Lon) PGDipMedEd DO-HNS,FRCS(ORL-HNS)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 1 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital

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Mr Jack Lancer

Consultant ENT Surgeon

MB ChB (Sheffield), LRCP MRCS, FRCS (ENT)(Eng)1984, DLO

BMI Thornbury Hospital

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Dr Lawrence McAlpine

Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General Medicine

BSc(Hons), MB ChB, FRCP(Edin), FRCP(Glasg), FRCP(Lond), FACP(USA)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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Mr Anthony Aymat

Consultant ENT Surgeon

LMS, FRCS(Otol), FRCS (ORL-HNS)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 1 more BMI Syon Clinic

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Mr David Golding-Wood

Consultant Otolaryngologist

BSc, FRCS, FRCS(Ed)

BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital 1 more BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Mamun Rashid

Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgery

BSc (Hons) MBBS (Lond) MRCS (Eng) DOHNS FRCS (ORL-HNS)

BMI The Manor Hospital 1 more BMI The Saxon Clinic

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