Why is the procedure performed?
- Obstructive sleep apnea
How is the procedure performed?
- In the operating room under general anesthesia
- Usually done as an outpatient procedure unless other medical conditions pre-exist
- Pre-op labs may be required
- Chest x-ray and EKG are required if patient is over the age of 50 and heart or lung problems exist
What should I expect?
- Pain lasting a week or more
- Difficulty swallowing
- Minor bleeding
- Grayish discoloration of throat
What should I do after the surgery?
- Take antibiotics and pain medications given by the doctor
- Slowly advance diet as tolerated
- Drink cool liquids (water, milk, low acid juices, ice cream, Jell-O) during the first day
- No sharp foods (potato chips, taco shells) for 1 week
- Call the doctor if unable to drink liquids
- Go to the emergency room immediately if clots of blood occur
- Return for follow-up in 14 days