If you opt to have surgery for your sleep apnea, you might want to reassess your best options. There are risks involved when you have surgery, and another factor is that it is not a 100%. Knowing these factors is essential whenever any type of surgery is involved.

Another thing you have to consider is the cost of surgery. When surgery is involved, expect to pay thousands of dollars for any of the procedures. Sadly, most health insurance companies do not cover these surgeries, not unless they are life threatening.

Below are the most common surgeries, the risks involved, and their success rate.

Top 6 Sleep Apnea Surgeries

Here are the top 6 surgeries from the least to the most successful:

1. Myotomy

– Involves surgery to the chin
– Success rate: 50%
– Risks: pain and facial disfiguration

2. UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty)

– Involves surgery to the upper airway, throat, or mouth
– Success rate: 50%
– Risks: pain, discomfort, voice change, and Stenosis

3. Genioglossus Advancement

– Involves surgery to the tongue
– Success rate: 75%
– Risks: pain, tooth damage, facial disfiguration, difficulty swallowing, and weakness in the jaw

4. Tracheostomy

– Involves surgery to the trachea
– Success rate: 77%
– Risks: pain and discomfort

5. Jaw Advancement

– Involves surgery to the jaw
– Success rate: 80%
– Risks: pain, facial disfiguration, and weakness in the jaw

6. Pillar Procedure

– Involves minimal surgery to the palate of the throat
– Success rate: 81%
– Risks: minimal pain, and since the procedure is relatively new, there are no other known side effects

Can You Choose Your Surgery?

Unfortunately, not all surgeries can be your best option, regardless of how effective they are. Some of these surgeries are only done for certain facial features or special situations. For the best insight on the best surgical options for you, it will be best to consult your doctor.

In all cases, surgery should only be done as a last resort. Remember, there are still a lot of options to take, before resorting to surgery. You have to consider the risks involved, the uncertainty, and of course the cost of surgery.

Many people have paid the price for the easy way out. A lot of them have spent a fortune on a procedure that did not work. This makes the investment a waste. In this day and age, it will be best to have a second opinion.

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