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.