OAKDALE, Connect. (WTNH) – Tom McCarthy, 34, has an active life as a firefighter and family man, but his loud snoring began to affect others.
“I was living in a firehouse at the time, and I kept a lot of people up with my snoring, and then my boyfriend complained, too,” McCarthy explained. “The snoring would keep her awake at night.”
Can not use CPAP breathing machine, McCarthy, like more and more adults now, chose to have one UP surgery that involved in part getting his tonsils removed to stop his snoring and help his sleep apnea.
“Their wives will send them in, sometimes the women will come in and say they’ve been on a trip with their friends and they just snore so loud,” said Dr. Frank Dellacono om Ear Nose & Throat Associates by SECT. “They will come in with the snoring many times.”
Dr. Dellacono sees many more adults opting for surgery to allow for more airflow while patients sleep.
“We can reduce the palate, the soft part at the back, where the uvula hangs down, to make it stiffer. We can do a laser reduction of the tissue there, which is floppy, ”says Dr. Dellacono.
He says sleep apnea can lead to blood pressure problems, sexual dysfunction and even a heart attack.
“Sometimes I still snore,” McCarthy admitted. “But not so bad, [and] my sleep is better, my breathing is better. “
Dr. Dellacono told McCarthy that surgery would not be easy and that recovery could take weeks. There is also an overnight stay at the hospital.
“I have long days and I have enough energy to handle it all. I feel better and only get about six hours of sleep a night.”
In terms of results, says Dr. Dellacono that half of those with sleep apnea either disappear from their CPAP machines or have a less drastic case. He says his snoring results are high.
“Surgery is likely to get rid of snoring in about 90% of patients, which many bedfellows are happy about.”
Children can also be diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Dellacono says some children were diagnosed ADHD or who experience focus problems at school may actually have very large tonsils and adenoids that impede their breathing at night, causing them to snore.
He says removing both can make a huge difference for some children aged 18 and under.
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