Sleep Apnea

Simple Sound.  Serious Problem.

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a condition that can have profound effects on daytime alertness, mood, and job performance. Also, if untreated, it can be associated with significant health risks, including hypertension and cerebrovascular disease.

Treatment options include continuous positive airway pressure(CPAP), oral appliances, weight loss and surgery. At the Ochsner Snoring Center, we focus on the surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea.

Our sleep apnea patients generally fall into two categories:

  1. Selective Airway Surgery Candidates
    Patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and currently treated with CPAP.  They realize the benefits of CPAP therapy but cannot utilize it for a full night.  Often times these patients have undiagnosed airway obstructions that can be surgically corrected, improving their breathing ability.  Examples of such obstructions include a deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps, large tonsils / adenoids / tongue, etc.  In this population we perform selective airway surgery aimed at correcting specific obstructions and improving CPAP compliance.
     
  2. Multi Level Airway Surgery Candidates
    Patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea that have been unable to lose weight or tolerate CPAP and oral appliances. These patients seek out a surgical solution for their persistent, untreated obstructive sleep apnea.  In this population we perform multi-level airway surgery aimed at improving the level of obstructive sleep apnea. 

Treatment planning begins with a thorough physical exam. This allows us to define your likely source of airway obstruction causing your symptoms. After defining these sites we can develop a surgical plan tailored to your specific anatomic profile, thereby increasing your chances of success with surgery.

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