Snoring and sleep apnea, which have increased in frequency due to sedentary life and changing eating habits during the pandemic period, can lead to the emergence of different diseases as they disrupt the sleep pattern. The treatment of this ailment, which negatively affects the daily activities of the person, can be performed with laser-assisted snoring and apnea surgery.
With laser-assisted snoring and apnea surgery, which allows the obstructions in the most difficult to reach areas to be easily reached and safely performed, patients can quickly return to their daily life. Associate Professor of Memorial Ankara Hospital ENT Department. Dr. Erdal Seren gave information about laser-assisted snoring and apnea surgery.
Sleep apnea decreases the quality of life
Sleep apnea, which is defined as stopping breathing in sleep for at least 10 seconds together with severe snoring during sleep, prepares the ground for many diseases and causes a significant decrease in the quality of life of people. Among the main causes of apnea, which is more common in men; There are anatomical problems such as overweight, short and thick neck, narrow airways, and genetic transmission with alcohol and smoking.
Laser-assisted surgery increases patient comfort
Sleep apnea and snoring can be treated with laser-assisted snoring and apnea surgery. With this surgical method, it is aimed to correct structural abnormalities in the upper respiratory tract such as tonsil and adenoid size, soft palate and small tongue sagging, advanced tongue root, facial-skeletal system problems, anatomical disorders in the larynx structure.
Surgery eliminates problems in the nose and throat
In the first phase of laser-assisted snoring and apnea surgery performed under general anesthesia, problems related to the nose are corrected. In this context, firstly, with the endoscopic method, the swelling in the lower turbinates is reduced by approximately 40-60 percent by applying laser, the curvatures in the nasal cartilage are corrected by septoplasty or the protruding cartilage / bone curvatures are corrected with laser, and the collapses in the nasal wings are repaired with cartilage support. For the problems detected in the throat, which is the second stage of the surgery, shortening of the small tongue, stretching of the soft palate, reduction of the tonsils and swelling in the tongue root can be applied.
Return to daily life in a short time
After laser-assisted snoring and apnea surgery, which is a very safe procedure, patients are discharged one or 2 days after the hospital. Patients can return to their desk jobs and physical strength after 7 days, and to work requiring speech in 2 weeks, without speaking.
Lifestyle changes are crucial
After surgery, intensive smoking or passive smoking, excessive weight gain, chronic alcoholism, hormonal or endocrine disorders, stomach and reflux diseases that are not treated with the use of drugs such as antidepressants, muscle relaxants and cortisone can reduce the success rate of the procedure. Avoiding these factors helps the surgery to be permanent.
- Advantages of laser-assisted snoring and apnea surgery
- During the operation, the amount of bleeding is very small.
- The length of stay in the hospital is shortened and the return to daily life is faster.
- Blockages in the most difficult to reach areas can be reached safely.
- There is little pain after the operation.
- The operation time is shortened, the patient stays less under anesthesia.
- It allows problems in many regions to be solved in a single operation.
- The healing process is faster and the patient needs less antibiotics and pain relievers.
- Nasal pads are not used, even if used, they are removed after a maximum of one day.