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Sleep Apnea Surgery

Capital Otolaryngology

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can worsen over time and become life threatening when not properly treated. A fairly common sleep disorder, sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing 30 times per hour or more.

Our sleep medicine specialists can diagnose sleep apnea using state-of-the-art equipment and develop a customized treatment plan for you. Should surgery be necessary, our skilled ENT surgeons will perform one of the following procedures at our outpatient surgery center:

Uvulopalatopharyngoplaty (UPPP)

This procedure works by eliminating the excess tissue of the soft palate and the uvula as well as creating scar tissue that helps reduce snoring. Sleep apnea patients and snorers benefit from UPPP with one of our experienced board-certified sleep doctors.

Radiofrequency Tongue Base Reduction

Using radiofrequency energy, the base of the tongue can be tightened and shrunk in a simple 5-minute clinic procedure, decreasing sleep apnea at the tongue level.

Geniohyoid Advancement Hyoid Myotomy (GAHM)

Used for patients with severe sleep apnea, this procedure surgically modifies the upper airway to promote airflow. Our surgeons can perform a GAHM under general anesthesia. It is a safe, permanent treatment for sleep apnea when CPAP and other treatments are not enough.

Inspire Implant for Sleep Apnea

Patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea that have a body mass index (BMI) of 32 or less may be eligible for Inspire implant therapy. Inspire is a system similar to a pacemaker that helps keep your airway open by stimulating your tongue to move when it blocks the back of your throat.

Implant therapy can eliminate your need for CPAP, and the system only operates while you are asleep without causing any discomfort during your wake or sleep cycles.

Learn more about obstructive sleep apnea.

Do you suspect you have sleep apnea? Call for an appointment with one of our sleep medicine experts at Capital Otolaryngology in Austin at (512) 339-4040 or in Lakeway, Texas at (512) 682-4798. You can also our appointment request form at your convenience.

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