Nonsurgical Treatment Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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I heard through my husband that I was snoringa lot. And I confirmed it. As soon as I woke up in the morning, I wouldbe sleepy within an hour. Always exhausted, I mean I would fall asleep literally in the middle of the afternoon driving down the road. Sleep apnea is a very common condition inwhich the airway becomes blocked and so they spend all their night trying to get good breathsand good breathing and it keeps them from getting a good night's sleep.

An oral appliance is a mouthpiece that holdsthe lower jaw forward. It maintains the patency, or the openness,of the airway while they're asleep and they can breath better. They are comfortable, they're easily adjustable,and they're very durable. I had the fusion appliance and it was veryeasy to use. It's just become a part of the norm now everyevening. We hear patient stories every single weekof how they've never done anything this simple that has made such an impact for them.

Well I think I wake up well rested more thanI had done in the past. Quite simply, there's nothing else in my practicethat gives me the satisfaction that I get from treating patients for snoring and sleepapnea. Fedosky and the team here at Sleep Rehab havejust been phenomenal to work with. The importance of a good night's sleep isreally hard to quantify. Cognitive function, heart function, besidesjust being in a good mood. We wanna treat the patient the best way wecan treat the patient to help patients sleep better, help them feel better, help them livehealthier, safer lives.

Is surgery the only option for treating sleep apnea or snoring

I do predominantly the line share of sleep apnea surgery in our department. I collaborate closely with the pulmonologists, who are the sleep medicine s. Those are the s that help diagnose and treat sleep apnea, as well. If those patients fail their, their medical or their conservative therapy, that's typically when they get sent to see me for surgical considerations to, to look at potential cures for their apnea. It's not uncommon for me to see a lot of patients for, who come in for snoring complaints and, you know, are wondering whether or not they have sleep apnea. So sleep apnea is condition where you actually stop breathing at night.

Snoring is somewhere on that spectrum, towards the more mild, you know, milder end of that spectrum. But, you know, really the only way to determine if you have sleep apnea, the gold standard of testing, is really getting a sleep study. And that's an overnight, monitored study where patients, you know, sleep in a room that's similar to a hotel room but they're being monitored and they're hooked up, you know, for sound so to speak with different monitors and cables on them. And that's really our best test to diagnose sleep apnea. The treatment for sleep apnea is typically a nonsurgical therapy; something called CPAP,

which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. And it's the patients that don't tolerate their CPAP who end up seeing me for surgical considerations. And there's a number of reasons why patients may not tolerate their CPAP. But there are some surgeries that can be helpful in patients who are not tolerant of their medical therapy. And I offer a variety of surgeries including nasal surgery, a variety of palatal surgeries for the kind of tonsil and soft pallet region and then also a variety of tonguebased procedures, as well. But we typically see a patient back after their procedure in about three weeks to recheck everything, make sure that they're healing okay.

After that, I normally recheck a sleep study in about three months after their surgery, just to give everything a chance to heal and to scar. And we, you know, make further recommendations based on the result of their followup sleep study after their surgery. We're exploring the, a new technology now which is actually a nerve stimulator for sleep apnea. It's an implantable device, very similar to a pacemaker that goes into the patient's chest. And there's an electrode that will actually stimulate the nerve that goes to the tongue to provide the tongue with a little bit of more tone when they're sleeping at night, and thereby eliminating their sleep apnea.

Before and After Weight Loss Surgery Testimonial Summa Health

wait always been kind of a lifelongstruggle for me but really back when I was 45 or so the way became unmanageablefor me it got to the point where diet and exercise just wasn't the answeranymore without my 40th birthday so almost three years ago today I reallymade a solemn declaration of myself that when I turned 50 I just had to be abetter healthier place for myself and for my son prior to my surgery I really feltlandlocked you know I ready to go outside for various reasons

a lot of selfconsciousness just beyondthe physical aspect of being able to get up off the couch and go do those thingswithout you know physically able to go doom and I really felt you know kind ofa prisoner inside of my own house at that time with the morbid obesity alwayschallenge somebody to to give me an idea of an Oregon or a system in the bodythat's not negatively affected by morbid obesity like so many of our patients jimwas a diabetic and suffered from gastroesophagealreflux hypertension sleep apnea and a host of other conditions that's just toname a few and those are the conditions

that come together and can affect in aroad in South and lead to decrease in longevity micro simply gone into surgerywas I just need you I want to be healthy again I wanted to be able to be activeit was always about longevity was never about vanity for me I want to see my myson grow up and I want to see him go to college and have a family of his own myfirst meeting with Dan my surgeon at to my health system was a wonderfulexperience dan put me at ease right away we discuss the options he took asmuch time as I needed during that initial consultation answered everyquestion that I had however trivial that

was before I left that initialconsultation I felt very good about my choice insurgent when I met with jim wedid discuss the various surgical options it's important to try to match thepatient to the right procedure for them and that can depend based on thepatient's past medical history best surgical history and golds gym looked at all the options and we feltthat laparoscopic crew and Y gastric bypass was the best option for him i Royuse my photography as a method to keep me busy post surgery that was it wassomething that I was interested before

surgery I got interested in it with myson in the sport city play and really postsurgery I can develop my ownpersonal mantra of go create if I have enough time to sit on the couch and Ihave enough time to go create so when I find myself with nothing to do its pick up the camera and head out thedoor and go create our biggest attribute the biggest opposition motivated patientwho wants to take charge of their health and wants to make a difference in theirhome qualityoflife so we provide patientsand bariatric surgery with an excellent

tool and an operation which helps themalong the way but really it's the motivation and the compliance thepatient patients like Jim that has so much to do with the longterm successthere is an answer out there for a long time I didn't feel there was an answerthe only answer I was given with diet and exercise and there are other answersjust have to do the research.

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