Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)

Surgery for OSA

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), surgery may sometimes be an option.

If you are severely obese (with a BMI over 40), an operation to help you lose weight, called bariatric surgery, can be very effective.

Other operations might be helpful in a small number of cases, such as:

  • removing tonsils and adenoids
  • surgery on the lower jaw if it causes a problem with airflow
  • nasal surgery, for example to improve the effects of CPAP in people who have a nasal obstruction, such as a deviated septum

Surgery on the soft tissues at the back of the mouth and top of the airway is not usually effective and so is not used routinely.

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Last medically reviewed: May 2016. Due for review: May 2019

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