Hey guys! I normally do not zombify an old thread for my first post but found you guys through doing a search for "UP3 recovery time" and decided to share my experience with you. This thread seemed the place already made for it but if you would like a new post made I can do that.
So, I was diagnosed with OSA in 2008 and they immediately put me on a CPAP after doing a "quick" turbinate reduction in my right nostril. It is only fair that I tell everyone before I go into my UP3 saga that I did, for 7 years, give it the "old college try". And in seven years I could not keep the mask on all night once. At all. As in never. I tried everything to get it to work from simply staying up until my body could not handle it then putting it on, to getting ripped drunk and having my wife put it on after passing out. Always the same thing. Mask was ripped off at night, machine still on. I tried Ambien, melatonin, herbal teas, Tylenol PM, regular sleep aids, you name it. Everything to try to get one night with that mask on. Not once in 7 years.
Here I am now getting ready to retire with 22 years of active duty service and I had to make some hard decisions. Having the UP3 was one of them. Compared to the quality of life I have had due to my apnea to this point I figured it could not hurt. My ENT is an Air Force doc who is extremely awesome, honest, up front, and transparent. He left no questions as to what the outcomes of what I was asking for could be. It has been a three stage process, which I will cover the first two stages quickly, before getting to the UP3 itself.
The first stage was, after examination, I had a severe deviated septum in my left nostril which was almost completely blocking air flow. Before he would entertain doing the UP3, he wanted to fix that and have another sleep study. So I had a septo-rhinoplasty and it was a huge success. Normal breathing took on a new life for me and my seasonal allergies did not seem so bad anymore.
The second sleep study showed that I still had OSA, but it had decreased from severe to moderate.
In fairness, my ENT asked me if I could live with the CPAP now. I tried. Still could not. So we had the UP3. That was seven days ago.
I will post again about the UP3 itself, the surgery and the recovery by day as the memories are still fresh.