Surgical Procedures for Sleep Apnea

Atlanta Snoring Institute physicians are Board-Certified ENT Surgeons. They perform a full array of surgical treatments to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Rarely are surgical procedures of the throat or tongue used to treat snoring without sleep apnea.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure used to remove excess tissue in the throat to widen the airway. This sometimes can allow air to move through the throat more easily when you breathe, reducing snoring and improving obstructive sleep apnea. The tissue removed includes part of the soft palate, the uvula, adenoids and tonsils and pharynx. The removal of this tissue prevents the obstruction of the airway during sleep. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is rarely used to treat snoring in people without OSA.

The tissues removed may include:

  • The small finger-shaped piece of tissue (uvula) that hangs down from the back of the roof of the mouth into the throat
  • Part of the roof of the mouth (soft palate)
  • Excess throat tissue, tonsils and adenoids, and the pharynx

Tongue or Hyoid Suspension Procedures with the Repose System

The tongue is a major contributor to airway obstruction in OSA. Until recently, there were few procedures that were effective in treating the tongue base without significant complications. The Repose System is an FDA approved minimally-invasive device used to stabilize and prevent the tongue from collapsing back and obstructing the airway passage during sleep. This innovative device allows surgeons to treat the tongue based component of OSA with a simple, effective surgical procedure.

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Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsillar tissue in the throat. Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoid tissue behind the nose. Tonsils and adenoids in adults if enlarged can contribute to the airway obstruction of OSA and snoring. Atlanta Snoring Institute uses Radio frequency or Harmonic technology to remove this tissue rather than conventional scapel or electrocautery. This technique reduces the time of recovery and return to normal activity compared to conventional techniques.


What is Radio Frequency or Harmonic Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy?

Radio Frequency or Harmonic Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (or adenotonsillectomy when performed together) is a gentler way to remove both the tonsils and adenoids. This innovative surgery results in less pain and faster recovery for patients.

Our radio frequency technology or Harmonic technology removes or ablates tonsil tissue with little harm to surrounding healthy tissue. Radio frequency and Harmonic technology is not a heat-driven process, therefore it does not char or burn healthy tissue like conventional electrosurgery and laser surgery. It combines bipolar radiofrequency energy or Harmonic vibrational energy to gently and precisely remove tissue leading to a fast and easier recovery.

Radio frequency technology and Harmonic technology have been used in more than 4 million surgeries, including more than 500,000 ear, nose and throat surgeries.

Why is an Atlanta Snoring Institute Tonsillectomy a better choice?

Older ways of removing the tonsils and adenoids include cutting with a scalpel or burning with electrocautery. These methods can cause extensive pain and may damage surrounding healthy tissue. Our advanced technology combines bipolar radiofrequency energy or Harmonic vibrational energy to gently and precisely remove tissue leading to a fast and easier recovery.

What are the benefits of an Atlanta Snoring Institute Tonsillectomy?

  • Fewer ‘bad days' - Patients report a better overall experience with a radio frequency tonsillectomy after surgery when compared to other procedures. Studies show that patient calls and visits to the doctor due to problems after surgery are significantly less with radio frequency or Harmonic tonsillectomy.2,3
  • Faster recovery - Radio frequency tonsillectomy and Harmonic technology have been shown in clinical studies to speed a child's return to normal activity and diet. On average, patients return to a normal diet in 2-4 days after the procedure, versus 7-6 days after electrocautery.3
  • Less pain - Radio frequency Tonsillectomy and Harmonic technology have also been shown to decrease pain and use of pain medications after the procedure.2,3

What are some potential complications following a Radio Frequency Tonsillectomy?

All adenotonsillectomy procedures have the same general risks; however the risk of dehydration and weight loss are reduced with radio frequency or Harmonic energy compared to electrocautery.2,3 Parents should consult a physician about the possible risks and complications that may result from a procedure involving general anesthesia.

If your tonsils are a problem contributing to snoring, sleep apnea, or just your general overall health, the physicians at Atlanta Snoring Institute will discuss treatment with you.

Take the first step towards a better night's sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. Make an appointment at Atlanta Snoring Institute for an evaluation today. 

Learn More about our Tonsillectomy Procedure 

1. Chervin RD, Ruzicka DL, Giordani BJ, Weatherly RA, Dillon JE, Hodges EK, Marcus CL, Guire KE., Sleep-disordered breathing, behavior, and cognition in children before and after adenotonsillectomy.
Pediatrics. 2006 Apr;117(4):e769-78.
2. Temple RH, Timms MS. Paediatric coblation tonsillectomy. Int J Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2001;61:195-198.
3. Stoker K, Don D, Kang R, Haupert M, Madgy D. Total Tonsillectomy with Coblation Compared to Conventional Electrocautery in Pediatric Patients. Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. 2004; 130 (6): 666-675.

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“Snoring left me feeling sluggish and tired all the time. I called The Atlanta Snoring Institute and after a quick 20 minute procedure, I was back to sleeping like when I was in College. ” 

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