Surgery Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Savannah, GA

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person’s breathing stops and starts. This can lead to increased blood pressure and strain your cardiovascular system. It can also increase the risk of stroke and fatigue. For serious cases of obstructive sleep apnea, surgery may be necessary. There are two forms of minimally invasive surgery to treat sleep apnea:

Hyoid Suspension

This procedure involves securing the very flexible hyoid bone by connecting it to the thyroid cartilage (adam’s apple) and moving around the tongue muscles and tissues surrounding it.  The procedure is done under general anesthesia and Dr. Oliver will make a small incision in the upper neck area, usually an easily concealable spot, detaches some muscle and tissue and inserts a device to help secure the hyoid bone.

Multi-level Tongue Suspension

This procedure involves stabilizing the tongue using a suture loop within the tongue, anchored to a screw without having to create penetrations through the mucus layer of the tongue. 

The Siesta Medical Encore Suspension System

The company we’re partnered with is Siesta Medical. Their Encore device is one of two approved tongue suspension systems in the United States. Encore is equipped to do either procedure, or both if necessary. 

Recovery from Sleep Apnea Surgery

Recovery – Many patients need 1-2 days of supervised recovery.
Pain Management – There is some pain associated with this surgery and so you will be prescribed medication. Pain goes away usually two weeks following the surgery.
Ear, Jaw and Throat Symptoms – You may notice discomfort or swelling in the ear, throat and jaw. 
Sleeping Habits – Your sleeping habits may need to change after this surgery for a few days. This includes elevating your head while sleeping.
Nausea and constipation – It’s very common to experience these symptoms after the surgery

If you want to learn more about surgery to treat obstructive sleep apnea, call Dr. Oliver at (912) 355-2335