Lateral Pharyngoplasty in Foley & Daphne, AL
What is lateral pharyngoplasty?
Lateral pharyngoplasty at ENT Centers of Excellence in Foley & Daphne, AL is surgery that is designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic snoring. The procedure involves a combination of tissue removal and tissue repositioning of the roof of the mouth (soft palate) as well as the tissues on the sides of the throat (the lateral pharyngeal tissues).
Why is lateral pharyngoplasty performed?
One primary cause of both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea results from the relaxation of muscles and tissues at the back of your throat. The soft palate and lateral pharyngeal tissues are two anatomical factors that can lead to snoring and airway obstruction.
Lateral pharyngoplasty is designed to:
- Prevent lateral pharyngeal wall collapse in OSA
- Reduce snoring
- Relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea
- Enlarge the airway without affecting breathing, speaking, or swallowing
What does lateral pharyngoplasty surgery involve?
A lateral pharyngoplasty procedure is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting. In some cases, the procedure will be performed in conjunction with a tonsillectomy, which involves removing the tonsils. During surgery, the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle will be surgically divided and repositioned, effectively making the throat wider and less likely to collapse while sleeping.
Dr. Keith Kowal, a highly experienced ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist in Foley and Daphne, Alabama is an expert in enhanced treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, including lateral pharyngoplasty. If you have OSA symptoms or chronic snoring and want to do something about it, you can trust Dr. Kowal and his 30 years of experience. His goal is to help his patients breathe better and sleep better to live better! A consultation with Dr. Kowal is the first step to a good night’s sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. To find out whether you’re a candidate for lateral pharyngoplasty, call 251.943.1117 today to schedule an appointment or simply fill out the form on this page.