Snoring & Sleep apnea
Snoring is a very common problem, especially in overweight people, and over the years it has become increasingly intense and more frequent. Snoring, apart from being annoying to the people near you, is also worrying, as it is often accompanied by sleep apnea which is the stop of breathing during sleep. This discontinuation may exceed 2 minutes causing concern to the sufferer, who may suddenly awake as he/she feels he/she can not breathe.
Snoring: The Causes
Snoring and sleep apnea occur mainly in men aged 35-60, who are usually overweight, smoke or drink often. Snoring is produced in the pharyngeal region from the grape, the arches (the membranes that appear to start from the grape), the soft palate, the tonsils, the tongue and the adenoids (carnations).
Visiting a specialist ENT
That is why the patient will have to visit a specialist otorhinolaryngologist to carry out a thorough check to see exactly where the problem is. The ENT specialist will investigate all possible causes and suggest the appropriate solutions for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, depending on the case. The combination of a rhinoplasty with simultaneous surgery to treat snoring and sleep apnea is very common and after the end of surgery, the perfect aesthetic and functional effect is achieved
Snoring: The Medical Check
The patient should be tested to determine the causes of snoring and apnea and to find the appropriate solutions. Medical examination includes nasal, nasopharyngeal, oral, oropharyngeal and laryngeal endoscopy, as well as sleep study, possible radiological and pneumonological and / or allergic examination. After all these tests, your doctor will tell you if you need to get an operation to tackle and treat snoring and sleep apnea. This surgery is called pharyngopoietic plastic surgery and is an operation that can greatly improve the patient’s life
The most common questions about snoring and their answers from our specialized ENT Surgeon.
What’s the best treatment for snoring and sleeping apnea?
The most effective treatment is “uvulo-palato-pharyngoplasty”. This is an operation which involves a combination of operations: Partial excision of uvula, pharyngoplasty, tonsillectomy, implants in soft palate
Is the result permanent?
The surgery would surely improve breathing, mood and daily life of the patient.
Snoring and sleep apnea depend on many factors such as weight, body position during sleep, alcohol consumption, as well as many others. In most cases surgery is very helpful, and in some cases even leads to snoring elimination.
Adenoids before surgery
Adenoids after surgery
What’s the surgery duration and when do the patient leaves clinic?
Surgery lasts 30-45 min. and patient can leave same day in the evening or next morning the clinic, depending on his general condition.
Snoring in children
In most cases bigger adenoids are responsible for children’s snoring ,that means that the size of adenoids on the back of the nose normally does not cause problems.
When the size of adenoids is bigger than normal, they can cause:
- Difficulty in nasal breathing as they may close completely the airway.
- Difficulty in function of the Eustachian tube.
When the child does not breathe properly through the nose is opening his mouth sometimes even during the day.
Usually children with large adenoids in addition to snoring, stay behind in their body growth, may show lack of attention at school and many times look “tired”.
To deal with all these symptoms ENT specialist surgeon proceeds to adenotomy, that is the removal of hypertrophic adenoids, using conventional equipment, ultrasonic lancet, radio-frequencies or Laser.
Adenotomy is an ordinary surgery and lasts 20-30 minutes with permanent and immediate results.
This surgery in children cannot be combined with rhinoplasty, as rhinoplasty can be executed after 16 years in girls and after 18 years for the boys, so they are fully developed.
Post operative instructions
Immediate movement after the operation
- No stitches
- No painkillers
- Preventative prescription of antibiotics, only for 4 days
For further information about adenoids go to the site of Exelixis Medical Institute.
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