Santa Rosa Head & Neck Surgery
Problems with the throat and voice can be not only uncomfortable but also incapacitating. Snoring and daytime fatigue, for example, may be a symptom of a potentially life-threatening condition called sleep apnea. At SRHN our physicians diagnose and treat a range of conditions affecting the throat, including swallowing trouble, hoarseness, snoring and sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux or heartburn).
- Sleep Apnea Surgery: Poor sleep affects more and more people, possibly an unhappy side effect of the increasing obesity in America. The most common complaints include insomnia, snoring, and sleep apnea. Apnea involves obstructive breathing, with heavy snoring, tossing and turning through the night, and feeling tired through the day. “If I could just get another hour of sleep!” Unhappy spouses often cannot sleep in the same room as the snorer. Many patients obtain help non-surgically with medicines, a change of sleep habits, weight loss, oral devices, and use of pressure-masks (CPAP). But a number of patients cannot tolerate CPAP or refuse it, and have surgically correctable conditions in their nose and throat. Procedures for sleep apnea are outpatient based and range from nasal septoplasty and turbinectomy, to palate reconstruction (which may include tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy), and may also involve simple procedures to shrink fullness at the back of the tongue. Careful exams are performed to pinpoint the exact problem in each patient, and for adults sleep studies are usually ordered to characterize the type and severity of the disorder. Reports of increased vitality and well-being are commonly reported by these patients, whether treated with surgery or without.