Research Says Benefits from Upper Airway Surgery for Sleep Apnea Equal to CPAP

by Rajashri on  August 3, 2009 at 8:47 PM Research News   - G J E 4
 Research Says Benefits from Upper Airway Surgery for Sleep Apnea Equal to CPAP
New research published in the August 2009 edition of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery says that adults who struggle with CPAP treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) should be considered candidates for reconstructive surgery on the upper airway, because it holds the same quality-of-life (QOL) benefits but with more permanence.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a highly effective means for treating obstructive sleep apnea, but because it involves a mask and set of hoses, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable for some patients, and compliance may be short-lived.

The Australian authors of the study discovered that among moderate-to-severe OSA-suffering patients, those treated through upper airway surgery experienced the same level of long-term quality-of-life improvement as their peers who were treated with CPAP therapy. Among the QOL benefits were improvements in snoring, sleepiness, and neurocognitive impairment. In contrast, those patients who were prescribed, but did not adequately use CPAP, had minimal QOL improvement.

The upper airway includes nose and throat (pharyngeal) areas, particularly behind the soft palate and tongue. Reconstructive surgery to treat sleep apnea involves clearing any blockages in those areas that might be hindering breathing.

Source: Eurekalert

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I personally found more benefit in enhancing the signal from the brain to the diaphragm so that breathing doesn't diminish to the point of stopping. Then, there is no rapid inhalation that drags the soft tissue into the airway forcing it to block. I was able to do this by taking some herbs that enhance respiration. Cheaper and better than surgery.
Steve Frank

Sleeper Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I just had a sleep test and I am awiting my results...what herbs do you take to help your sleep apnea..I would rather avoid sugerya dn do not want to wear a CPAP machine..thanks
guest Friday, August 7, 2009
I use a product from Nature's Rite CAlled Sleep Apnea Relief.
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