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Surgery for Sleep Apnea

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  • Posted By: tk3573
  • October 27, 2010
  • 06:56 PM

I was diagnosed with Severe sleep apnea a year ago. Tried the CPAP machine and it just didn't help. I am now in the process of getting approved for surgery. The process is to remove my tonsils and some tissue, etc. I would like to know if anyone out there has had this surgery and would like to know pros and cons on this and how it did or did not work out for you? Thanks for your help! Theresa

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  • My 5 year old son had sleep apnea. He snored bad, couldn't focus or learn. He couldn't make friends, etc. I thought he would do bad in school and struggle his whole life. He was also diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder. He never had a sleep test done, I just knew by his sleep. He had his tonsils and adenoids removed and he is A NEW KID! Those are his teacher's words too! He is so happy, so SMART, no longer diagnosed w/ Sensory dysfunction.....just totally normal! We were at the hospital a few hours. His voice changed a little bit, but besides that, no side effects, really no pain, just a blessing from God! Good luck!
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  • I was diagnosed with Severe sleep apnea a year ago. Tried the CPAP machine and it just didn't help. I am now in the process of getting approved for surgery. The process is to remove my tonsils and some tissue, etc. I would like to know if anyone out there has had this surgery and would like to know pros and cons on this and how it did or did not work out for you? Thanks for your help! TheresaYes! I had severe obstructive sleep apnea and I was miserable all of the time because of the lack of sleep. I tried using a cpap and could never fall asleep with it. I even tried taking a sleeping pill and using it and I still couldn't fall asleep with that mask on my face. So after much consideration I wnet to an ENT and he said that my tonsils were huge, that I needed them removed, that I needed my adnoids removed as well, that I had a deviated septum, and that I had so much build up of thick muchus in my nasal cavities...they were all blocked up. He also suggested that I have a uvulaplasty done to help with the obstruction in the back of my throat. I was scared to death because of all of the horror stories that I heard about these surgeries and also that sometimes they were not effective in treating sleep apnea. After much prayer and consideration I decided to have the surgeries. I had a tonsilectomy, adnoidectomy, septoplasty, uvulaplasty, turbinade reduction, deviated septum fixed, and irrigation of sinus cavities. It truly was the best thing I could have done. I have had absolutely no complications. The recovery took about 3 weeks, but was not unbearable as everyone said it would be. It was annoying but I took my meds and I rested and it really wasn't all that bad. I no longer have any sleep apnea at all! It truly has helped me so much....I don't fall asleep all of the time and I feel safer now that I know im not going to fall asleep at the wheel or have a heart attack one night in my sleep. I would definately recommend having surgery if you feel like you have exhausted every other option. Good Luck!
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  • I had an episode about 6 months ago, durring the summer, where I had a box fan aimed at me while I sleep cause it was so hot. I ended up getting rhinitis from it and was choking in my sleep according to my girlfriend I would stop breathing in my sleep. I would be jolting in my sleep cause I couldn't get a breath in or out. I instantly figured out it was the fan and aimed it away from me and after seeing my doctor he prescribed antihistamines and after a few days I was good, no problems. I washed my fan too.About a month ago I used a back up tooth brush I had in the shower, not realizing how long it had been since I last used it, and got this horrible dry effect in my mouth. It was like chewing on a mouth full of walnut shells. So a couple weeks later I ended up with a mild infection of what seemed like strep throat. What appears to have happened is my tonsils grew as a result of this infection and are now causing me problems when I sleep, or even lie down. My doctor tried antibiotics and steroide, but I had reactions to both of them so could only take 1/2 of them. They didn't work of course.So whats happening is I will lay down or try to sleep and it appears that from the last time that I swallow, I have four hours until my tonsils relax and block my breating. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal cause I have to rotate on my sides many times durring the night anyhow, and have for years, it is however something unecessary to wake me up and upset me though. Sometimes it causes anxeity and I can't sleep. One time I was laying in bed for hours, not sleeping and got a blockage from my tonsils. What happens is I'm not able to breath out through my nose. So I will open my mouth, swallow and I'm good. There are something crazy like 57 different reasons someone can have a blockage, I'm pretty sure mine is my tonsils. If I'm right I'm pretty lucky cause I can have them removed, and problem fixed. I couldn't use a CPAP machine, it would freak me out bad and give me horrible anxeity. I'm waiting a couple of weeks before I get a referral to ENT because I unknowingly took Ibuprofrin, and you can't have any traces of it for 3 weeks in your body for surgery or you could bleed to death. The idea of being gassed has given me bad anxeity so I might have to do an IV anesthea. Only because my girlf friend had a horrible experience with her gassing.
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