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Can surgery be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea?

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Surgery is used for people who have extra or misshapen tissue that blocks airflow through their nose or throat. For example, a person with a deviated nasal septum, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, or a small lower jaw that causes the throat to be too narrow might benefit from surgery. Doctors usually try other treatments first, though.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Sleep Apnea?;" “What Are Sleep Studies;” “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep;” and “Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?”

UpToDate: “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults.”

MedlinePlus: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 5, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Sleep Apnea?;" “What Are Sleep Studies;” “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep;” and “Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?”

UpToDate: “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults.”

MedlinePlus: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 5, 2019

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