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Treatment of Sleep Apnea


o Creates a hole in the windpipe (trachea).
o A tube is then put in the hole to bring air in.
o Doctors rarely use this surgery because it may cause other health
problems.
o But when other techniques have failed, almost all people who are
treated with tracheostomy will be cured of their sleep apnea.
Bariatric surgery is done for weight loss.
o If you are extremely overweight (severely obese) and the excess
weight is making your sleep apnea worse, you may consider
surgery to help you lose weight.
o Bariatric surgery can promote weight loss that improves sleep
apnea.
Surgery For Children
Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy usually is the first choice for children,
because enlarged tonsils or adenoids cause most cases of sleep apnea in
children. Other types of surgery may be needed to correct birth defects that
can cause sleep apnea symptoms.
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