Special Sleep Surgery at Stanford Christian Roths Story
I am Christian Roth and I live in San Jose,California. Over the years, I've really struggled withgetting a good night's sleep, so I'd sleep eight to nine hours, but still feel terriblethe next day. There was this fog or a cloud over me. I tried to do a lot of different techniquesto, you know, make our bedroom more relaxing for him to sleep in. Nothing really worked So, it came to the point where, I stoppedbreathing when I sleep. I would hear him snore, and then just allof a sudden, stop, and there would be no noise.
And then, probably a few seconds later, you'dhear this loud exhale. Just hearing him stop breathing like that, really scared me. ChristianThe next morning she said, quot;You need to do something about this.quot; I went to Stanford for a consultation, andthey immediately signed me up for a sleep study. The results weren't good. So, I had a verysevere sleep apnea. Severe sleep apnea means you stop breathingquot;Xquot; amount of times per hour. So, in my case,
I stopped almost every minute. In a younger gentleman with a higher bloodpressure, sleep apnea is something that needs to be investigated. Patients with moderate to severe ObstructionSleep Apnea have two to four times higher chance of having a heart attack or a strokeand around five to seven times more chance of having recurring car accidents becauseof attention failures. So, I went in for a followup and they actuallyused this sophisticated camera to look inside my throat; and it turned out that I have likevery severe blockage.
Mr. Roth was someone who had bigger tonsils,deviated septum and hypertrophic turbinates. For most adults we start with the CPAP. CPAPis the acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Basically, it is a device that youuse a mask and it splints the airway open so it stops obstructing during sleep. Unfortunately, around half of the people,despite all best efforts, cannot use the machine. I tried the CPAP machine for about four tofive months. I was still unable to sleep through the night. That's when I saw that, given his age, hisbody mass index, his anatomic structure, he
would be a very good candidate for surgery. Capasso was pretty confident that thiswould help me out, so the first thing he recommended was to obviously, get the tonsils removed,and then clear up the deviated septum, also, to enlarge my nostrils. On surgery day, we were just waiting, waitingfor him to come out, and he finally did. And Capasso came and spoke to my motherinlawand I right after. And, you know, the first thing he said was, quot;When he wakes up, he'sgoing to be in lots of pain.quot; But he said, you know, everything went really well.
The recovery wasn't too bad, actually. After I got the splint out of my nostrils,it was just amazing and I was like, quot;Wow. I didn't know I could breathe like this.quot; I thought the care at Stanford was topnotch.We know that they are one of the leading facilities in Northern California, so I definitely wantedto take advantage of them. And they took the time to explain everything that was goingon. And they were confident that they could beat this. So, that in turn, gave me confidenceto follow through. After the surgery, I had much more endurance;and so, it definitely played a factor in me