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Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
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Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
I saw my ENT specialist today and have been scheduled for tonsillectomy surgery to remove very large and chronically inflamed tonsils. 

The doctor offered to include an uvulectomy in the procedure, which I declined. He didn't really have any convincing arguments for it other than it would reduce the snoring noise. I don't snore anymore on CPAP but also was told I'd need a new sleep study after the surgery as I could potentially no longer be needing treatment for sleep apnea once this obstruction is removed.

I wonder what other hoseheads experienced after getting their tonsils removed. Can I expect to be cured and burn the mask and all???

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RE: Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
To my knowledge you may reduce the apnea but, at best, you'll just be delaying CPAP therapy.
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i'm a bad comparison, my tonsils were removed and I am here, My untreated AHI was 70 in November.
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RE: Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
Russatrice, my endocrinologist told me that I have enlarged tonsils (and they get even larger when I'm sick or with some allergies) and septum deviation too but that surgery would not help snoring nor apnea, only very marginally if anything would change at all (And he is a well known surgeon, that's why my wife made me consult with him), then he told me to get a CPAP. Maybe it's different on your case....
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RE: Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
I doubt tonsillectomy and removal of the uvula would fully alleviate the need for CPAP. If it changed your therapy needs, you can of course self-titrate that. When doctors suggest sleep studies, you probably have enough information and data to decide if that has any validity. Your pressure needs may change, but it doesn't take long to figure out what those are with a full-data auto machine. I think you did the right thing, minimizing the surgery.
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RE: Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
Thank you all for the input. This doctor has long waiting list for surgeries, so it'll be some time before this is going to happen ayways. I'll be ok either way now that I've gotten used to CPAP but it would still be nice to no longer depend on a machine to get some quality sleep.
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RE: Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
(05-05-2017, 11:04 AM)Russatrice Wrote: Thank you all for the input. This doctor has long waiting list for surgeries, so it'll be some time before this is going to happen ayways. I'll be ok either way now that I've gotten used to CPAP but it would still be nice to no longer depend on a machine to get some quality sleep.

Similar story. See my post here 
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...#pid203830
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The doctor says coffee does not affect my tinnitus and it's got lots of antioxidants....however, the after dinner drinks are a different matter altogether. 
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RE: Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
(05-04-2017, 09:02 PM)Russatrice Wrote: I saw my ENT specialist today and have been scheduled for tonsillectomy surgery to remove very large and chronically inflamed tonsils. 

The doctor offered to include an uvulectomy in the procedure, which I declined. He didn't really have any convincing arguments for it other than it would reduce the snoring noise. I don't snore anymore on CPAP but also was told I'd need a new sleep study after the surgery as I could potentially no longer be needing treatment for sleep apnea once this obstruction is removed.

I wonder what other hoseheads experienced after getting their tonsils removed. Can I expect to be cured and burn the mask and all???

Big Grin

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cant see tonsillectomy helping apnea
maybe it could help UARS 

i would never let them touch my uvula 
it serves important roles unlike tonsils and appendix 
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RE: Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
I had my tonsils removed when I was 25 or so.

Anyway, my tonsils weren't necessarily large, just nasty. They had been a problem most of my life but no one would ever remove them. "They're too swollen now, maybe when that goes down." "Well, they look fine now. No need taking out healthy tissues."

I didn't realize how sick they were making me until they were gone.
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RE: Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
My sleep apnea started *after* they took my tonsils out.

Of course I was 5 at the time and the OA wasn't diagnosed until I was 69...

They used, back in those ancient days before there was colour and wheels were still square, to pretty well automatically rip the tonsils out at around 5 years of age on the grounds, if I recall rightly, that it would almost certainly need to be done later and the operation is harder on you the older you get.
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