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Successful apnea surgery now failing 1.5 years later
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I am 40 yo and had severe sleep apnea at a normal weight and was told it was due to physiological features in my throat. I had surgery in August of 2014 to remove tonsils, adenoids, fix a deviated septum and had a UPPP.

Redid the sleep study and only had mild apnea still when sleeping on my back and my horrible snoring (according to my wife) was gone.

In the last couple months, the snoring has returned to pre surgery intensity. No weight gain. I wouldn't think time of year, since I went through a winter already last year with no issues. I have tried allergy medicine, nasal spray and a humidifier, to no avail.

I made an appt with the ent that did the surgery but can't get in for over a month. My poor wife!
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I'm sorry to hear that this surgery hasn't worked for you, but it's important you get seen by your doc. It's possible you will have to have another sleep study done.

In the meantime, sleeping on your side may help.
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Right now the snoring happens in all positions, back, side, stomach. It's just so weird that it worked for a year and a half!
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(12-23-2015, 09:58 AM)Mrkngpen Wrote: I am 40 yo and had severe sleep apnea at a normal weight and was told it was due to physiological features in my throat. I had surgery in August of 2014 to remove tonsils, adenoids, fix a deviated septum and had a UPPP.

Redid the sleep study and only had mild apnea still when sleeping on my back and my horrible snoring (according to my wife) was gone.

In the last couple months, the snoring has returned to pre surgery intensity. No weight gain. I wouldn't think time of year, since I went through a winter already last year with no issues. I have tried allergy medicine, nasal spray and a humidifier, to no avail.

My pulmonologist said that it's pretty common to go through all that and then have it stop working. I also have a friend who had the same experience.

I'd go see a doctor, but a different one. You apparently found one who likes to cut, and if you go back, he'll find something else to cut.

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(12-23-2015, 10:24 AM)Terry Wrote:
(12-23-2015, 09:58 AM)Mrkngpen Wrote: I am 40 yo and had severe sleep apnea at a normal weight and was told it was due to physiological features in my throat. I had surgery in August of 2014 to remove tonsils, adenoids, fix a deviated septum and had a UPPP.

Redid the sleep study and only had mild apnea still when sleeping on my back and my horrible snoring (according to my wife) was gone.

In the last couple months, the snoring has returned to pre surgery intensity. No weight gain. I wouldn't think time of year, since I went through a winter already last year with no issues. I have tried allergy medicine, nasal spray and a humidifier, to no avail.

My pulmonologist said that it's pretty common to go through all that and then have it stop working. I also have a friend who had the same experience.

I'd go see a doctor, but a different one. You apparently found one who likes to cut, and if you go back, he'll find something else to cut.

I have heard the same, that the surgery has a low rate of success five years out, lucky I had a doctor who wasn't surgery happy. I was also told it raised the pitch of your voice. I"m glad I went with CPAP, personally.
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(12-23-2015, 10:38 AM)Weird Tolkienish Figure Wrote:
(12-23-2015, 10:24 AM)Terry Wrote:
(12-23-2015, 09:58 AM)Mrkngpen Wrote: In the last couple months, the snoring has returned to pre surgery intensity.
My pulmonologist said that it's pretty common to go through all that and then have it stop working. I also have a friend who had the same experience.

I'd go see a doctor, but a different one. You apparently found one who likes to cut, and if you go back, he'll find something else to cut.

I have heard the same, that the surgery has a low rate of success five years out, lucky I had a doctor who wasn't surgery happy. I was also told it raised the pitch of your voice. I"m glad I went with CPAP, personally.
I heard the same from my Sleep Dr. as well - surgery may work, but usually not for very long.
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Had the same surgery in 1998. Long recovery time. Lasted about 5 years before apnea came back. Should have gone with cpap instead.
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Hi Mrkngpen,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I’m sorry to hear that the surgery didn’t work out for you but, unfortunately this is pretty common.
I would see another doc and hopefully this time around, after another sleep study, you can get a CPAP machine.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you
trish6hundred
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My sleep doc doesn't believe in the surgery either as he feels that the results don't last long enough. We discussed the fact that I still have my tonsils and adenoids and he couldn't see a reason to do anything with them, especially seeing as CPAP is working.

Great to have a doctor that doesn't like to cut.

Homer
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#10
For those considering UPPP surgery, you might want to read through this thread, which is copied from our old forum:

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...-denies-me

Of interest are the posts made by one of our past forum Moderators, ConnCarl and his experiences with UPPP.
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