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.