While sleep apnoea is largely found in men aged over 40, some of the factors that can contribute include:
As one of Australia’s leading plastic surgeons specialising in ear, nose and throat cases, Dr Zacharia will undertake a full upper airway assessment to determine the best procedures for each individual’s treatment.
When combined with a treatment plan to reduce the impact of lifestyle factors, many cases are resolved through nasal and soft palate surgery:
Septoplasty: This involves correcting the septum – the bone and cartilage that divide the nostrils
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPP): This removes excess tissue from the soft palate and uvula, it may also involve the removal of present tonsils to create a larger airway
Sleep apnoea treatments are expertly conducted under general anaesthesia, with patients spending up to two days recovering in hospital.
Most patients will need to follow a liquid diet for most of their first week, post-operatively, before slowly reintroducing solid food groups.
Patients can return to regular duties within a few days of surgery, with all forms of strenuous activity avoided for the first four weeks.
For more information on treating your obstructive sleep apnoea, please contact us today.