March 9, 2006 10:38 PM Subscribe
I'm about to have my uvula removed, in hopes of ameliorating my sleep apnea. Will I regret it?
I have moderate obstructive sleep apnea (30 per hour, blood oxygen saturation dropping to 72%). My laryngologist says my uvula is large and may be the major anatomical factor and I have an appointment next week to have it removed. I'm not having the full uvulo-palato-pharyngoplasty - just the uvula will be cut out, with a laser, under local anaesthesia, during an office visit.
Now, my GP has told me anecdotally that his brother had this procedure some years ago and has suffered ever since from reflux - food and drink that he tries to swallow pushes up instead into his nose and sinuses. That sounds nasty. My surgeon has asserted that this is very rare, and I'm going to ask him for real numbers, but in the meantime, do any of you have anecdotal experience or information about complications or bad results from uvulectomies? Thanks.