Various Methods Of Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

By on January 29, 2015

Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is a very common sleep disorder involving partial, periodic or total crumple of the pharyngeal airway while sleeping. This disorder has some severe physiological consequences.

Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea helps in enlarging the airway via the throat or the nose that might be vibrating and leading to snoring conditions in an individual.

Methods of Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Here are the commonly used options of surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Palatal Surgery

Palatal surgery is considered a very common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This procedure contains reorientation of posterior and anterior tonsillar pillars, excision of posterior rim and uvula of soft palate and tonsillectomy.

Transpalatal pharyngoplasty involves removing the anterior suspension and posterior hard plate of soft palate.

Jaw Repositioning

During this procedure, the jaw is moved forward for enlarging the space found behind the soft palate and the tongue. This helps in making the obstruction less likely.

The procedure of repositioning the jaw is called maxillomandibular advancement and it needs the joint efforts of an orthodontist and also an oral surgeon.

Pillar System

During this procedure, palatal implants are inserted through surgery and it helps in treating people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and habitual snoring. This procedure redesigns the soft palate which is the main element of snoring and sleep apnea.


This surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea is carried out in patients who do not respond to other treatments for this condition. It is also for the people who suffer from life-threatening and serious OSA.

The procedure involves making a fine opening in the neck and inserting a plastic or metal tube that will help you in breathing.


Patients with large uvulas showing few or no signs of sleep apnea might benefit from this surgical procedure. In this procedure, the inferior rim of the uvula and the soft palate is incised without removing the tonsils.