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Old 08-05-2009, 10:08 PM   #1
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Does a a turbinate reduction and corrected deviated septum help sleep apnea?

I am pretty sure I have sleep apnea. I haven't slept well for a year. I am having a sleep study done at the end of next month. In early september I am having a Turbinate Reduction done and a slightly Deviated Septum corrected.

I am curious if anyone on this forum who has sleep apnea has had a Turbinate Reduction done and a Deviated Septum corrected. If so, did it help the sleep apnea at all?

 
Old 11-15-2009, 04:36 PM   #2
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Re: Does a a turbinate reduction and corrected deviated septum help sleep apnea?

I am new and see that you posted quite a while ago. I have sleep apnea and have been using CPAP about a year. I am having issues using the mask because my sinuses clog at night when I sleep. ENT suggests turbinate reduction and to fix the slight tilt in my septum. Sleep doctor does not reccommend I do surgery. I do not have much congestion while awake, just when I sleep. ENT says that the surgery won't really help the sleep apnea but should make it easier to use CPAP. Sleep doctor want to try BIPAP and full face mask. I've tried one full face mask but it seems to leak no matter what I do. Can you tell me how you are doing?

 
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:19 PM   #3
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Re: Does a a turbinate reduction and corrected deviated septum help sleep apnea?

Hi. Sorry I didn't see this sooner. I was given a CPAP machine last September and am still trying to find the right kind of mask that doesn't leak. So far the nasal pillows works best but still not good enough. I also ordered chin straps but haven't gotten them yet. I have lost 30 pounds but still have to use the machine. Are you having any luck?

 
Old 07-16-2010, 12:11 PM   #4
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Re: Does a a turbinate reduction and corrected deviated septum help sleep apnea?

I have mild sleep apnea (mild) and am scheduled for the turbinate reduction and septoplasty (correction for the deviated septum) on Tuesday.

I am a mouth breather at night due to the narrowing of the nasal passages.
I also have a little difficulty breathing during exertion, becoming a mouth breather again.

The CPAP machine forces you to nose breath. My ENT feels that since my apnea is mild, clearing up the passages will alleviate or eradicate the apnea. The thinking is that with the passages clear, I will be able to breath through the nose at night, essentially doing on my own what the CPAP machine makes you do.

I would suggest a second opinion from an ENT that specializes in sleep apnea.

 
Old 02-16-2011, 11:47 AM   #5
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Re: Does a a turbinate reduction and corrected deviated septum help sleep apnea?

Everyone is different, but here is my experience with apnea, cpap, masks,
tonsilectomy and septoplasty/turbinate. I have been using a bipap for
about one year and have mild sleep apnea. By far the most comfortable
mask I have found (and i have tried 3) is the nasil mask,
"Mirage Activa LT". A web serach will pop it up quickly. It is very
comfortable, and if you can utilize a nasil mask and not have to have
a full face mask it is excellent. I actually switched from a full face
to this mask and it was really much better, fewer leaks, etc. I
auggested this to a freind and he switched and said he started sleeping
nearly 7 hours (where before he would wake up and could only handle
about 4-5 hours on a face mask). As far as medical procudures that might
help, I had a tonsilectomy, septoplasty and turbinate reduction. The
tonsilectomy was awful I must admit (me being 60). I had other frequent
soreness in my throat, palate, ect. and after recovery this did help.
But i didnt see a change in the apnea. I later had a septoplasty for
deviated septum and turbinate reduction (my trubinates were about
2.5 times the size of normal). This really worked out well for me.
My breating through the nose has dramatically improved, and the surgery
and recovery was a piece of cake comparing to the tonsilectomy.
The surgery was 2 weeks agao and I have not yet tried my cpap. I will
say though that I am actually sleeping much better and I hope that
i can stay off the cpap. But please be aware, this surgery is not
usually a cure for apnea or having to use a cpap, but it might make
the cpap much more efficient. Everybody is different. The main tip
for the septoplasty/turbinate reduction recovery is to keep is moist
and perform very frequent saline rinses. After a week I started
using a neti pot and it has been great and i believe accelerated
my recovery. The point is saline rinses, saline rinses, saline rinses
for at least he first several weeks. Any questions...I will read and
answer as best as possible. Good luck all.

 
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