Surgery of snoring and sleep apnea
With radiofrequency application your mild snoring can be treated under local anesthesia with a good comfort. More than one application may be necessary to get a reasonable result.
The most common operation performed for sleep apnea is called “UPPP”. This operation includes tonsils, uvula and the bands around tonsils.
It ıs performed under general anesthesia. Hospital stay depends on the patients’ condition.
Preparation for sleep apnea surgery
What to bring with us?
Please wear comfortable clothes. Most patients return to home at the same day. Even low probability to stay at hospital bring your tooth brush and some other things you can need with you.
Leave your valuable belongings at home.
Bring your personal drugs if you have.
Arrange your transport. One more person is necessary for driving.
Avoid aspirin. Do not use aspirin or like drugs causing bleeding at least ten days before and after the operation.
Anesthesia: It is a branch of medicine that arranges patients to have operation without feeling any pain. Do not afraid of anesthesia. It is not fainting rather controlled sleeping and waking up by the anesthesiologist. During the surgery the specialist will beside you checking your respiration, heart beats, blood tension and other vital signs.
Necessary tests will beperformed before surgery. Patient undergoing general anesthesia should have an empty stomach, therefore you should not eat or drink at least 6 hours before surgery. If stop smoking five days ago, you will be more comfortable after the operation.
Anesthesia wil be according to your needs, heavy or light anesthesia means nothing.
Patients just after anesthesia are sleepy even they can answer your questions, do not worry.
Patient stays at the rooom after the operation until doctors decide according to the situation of the patient. Patient is discharged at the same day or the day after surgery.
Pain: Analgesics will be prescribed by your doctor. Again do not forget not to take aspirin. Pain can be felt at ear mostly 3-5 days after operation, do not worry.
First weeks after operation
Diet: There may be a little stomach upset after the operation. First 24 hours after the operation we advice you to get liquid. Hot and hard beverages are forbidden for one week. All liquids can be taken,also ice cream, in the first day. Patients may refuse to drink anything because of sore throat. This is very importatnt. We should encourage them to take as much as fluid and analgesics. If not body will be lack of fluid and fever is seen.
Ear pain can be felt 4-5 days after surgery, this is normal, do not worry. If you have other ear probems at the same time like hearing loss or drainage then you should inform your doctor.
Breathing: Nasal obstruction is rare, if any breathing problem occurs inform your doctor.
Bleeding: Scant amount of blood can come with sputum or nasal discharge. This is normal, if blood comes continuously, more than normal and if the patient vomits blood then you should inform the doctor. First vomittig after the operation is normal do not worry about this.
If you have fever inform your doctor.
Avoid heavy physical activities. They may increase the blood pressure and cause bleeding.
Prevent coughing as much as possible.
Bad odor can be felt in the mouth this is normal, do not hesitate to brush your teeth from the first day.
Room temperature: Cool and moist weather is best for healing.
Healing period: After 7 days most patients feel comfortable. Full recovery can prolong as long as 14 days.
You can feel a decrease in your snoring and apnea one week after operation.
Sleep study can be done again after three months.
Do not forget, healing is a process not an event.