Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 12:16 PM
Findings of a recently concluded research study (Motherisk Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and by McMaster University and McMaster Children’s Hospital ) revealed that treating postoperative pain with morphine subsequent to the tonsillectomy surgery which is commonly and effectively used to treat childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may cause life-threatening respiratory problems in some children.
This study identified a significant risk for potentially fatal breathing disruption when morphine is administered at home after surgery to treat pain in children who undergo tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy. Prescribing Ibuprofen instead, after Pediatric Sleep Apnea Surgery would be a better option.
The detailed findings of this research study as published in the January 26 online edition of Pediatrics also established that ibuprofen is a safe and effective alternative. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 10:47 PM
SleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/-A dental clinic in Vancouver now offers affordable diagnosis and cure to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition wherein there are gaps to a person’s breathing during sleep. There are two possible causes for sleep apnea. The first is that there are defects in how information are transferred from the nerves to the brain and second, there could be some obstructions. The second reason is what corrective dental surgery aims to target.
In most cases of sleep apnea, individuals who suffer from sleep apnea tend to not be aware of the condition. Determinant factors would be excessive sleeplessness during the day and over fatigue. Loved ones may also report excessive snoring, which while may not be an indicator of sleep apnea, when taken into consideration with other factors, may suggest the possibility of sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Obesity is a strong indicator in the development of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder. About 85 % of those with sleep apnea are obese, and it is more common in men over age 40. Sleep apnea is associated with health consequences such as an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Treatment for sleep apnea can effectively improve concentration, energy, and overall quality of life and put an end to snoring.
Weight loss surgery at LAP-BAND VIP can effectively prevent, treat, or resolve sleep apnea and cause remission in up to 85 percent of patients.
Excess weight and sleep apnea are strongly correlated because obese people tend to have thicker tissue around the throat. This leads to tissue collapse in the airway, and sleep apnea is marked by disruptions in breathing which can last up to 60 seconds called apneas. During these apneas, a person will wake up to resume breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 3:40 PM
Researchers have measured and confirmed the existence of a possible link between sleep apnea and post-surgical delirium.
“The association between sleep apnea and postoperative delirium is big news because it may offer us a way to control postoperative delirium which can be devastating,” said senior author Madan Kwatra, Ph.D., a research team member at the Duke University Medical Center.
The study findings will be published in the April 2012 issue of journal Anesthesiology.
Delirium is not a minor consequence. The condition involves an acute and fluctuating consciousness and ability to understand, and is associated with health problems and higher risk of death right after surgery. Delirium is a strong predictor of mortality even 10 years after surgery. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Siesta Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive surgical solutions for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), announced the U.S. launch of its Encore™ Tongue Suspension System for the treatment of OSA. The Encore™ System simplifies and improves the control of tongue suspension, a procedure shown to be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Dr. Jason van Tassel at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA performed one of the first patient implants.
“Through a small incision, the Encore System allowed me to navigate the tongue base and easily place suspension loops. Controlling the final tension and advancement of the tongue base was easy and much simpler than with previous tongue suspension devices. This was a quick and minimally invasive surgery and is a potentially attractive surgical option for OSA patients with tongue base obstructions” said Dr. van Tassel. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at 3:14 PM
One of the most common health disorders among people around the world is “sleep apnea”. In its simplest sense ‘sleep apnea’ can be understood as one or more pauses in normal breathing. In many cases the shallow breathing during sleep is also termed as ‘sleep apnea’.
A pause in normal breathing during sleep may have an undefined duration. Meaning thereby, the pause could be for a few seconds only or it can even stretch up to few minutes.
Similarly, the rate of occurrence of such pauses during sleep may also vary up to great ranges. It could be five times per hour or even up to 30 times an hour. Normal breathing generally starts immediately after such a pause but this re-start could generate a snoring or choking sound as well.
Once a person is a victim of ‘sleep apnea’ this disorder converts in to a chronic disorder slowly over the years. In majority of the cases people never realize that the ‘sleep apnea disorder’ has crept in their lives. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 7:35 PM
Sleep apnea is a deadly sleep disorder and it is also greatly underdiagnosed. Up to 7 percent of men and 5 percent of women in the United States have sleep apnea, according to a Mayo Clinic study.
Robotic surgery technology has been used extensively for other surgical procedures but the FDA has approved its application for the throat and pulmonary related issues only last year. A handful of academic institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Alabama, have begun exploring the technology’s uses to treat sleep apnea.
Somerset Medical Center’s two surgeons, Adrianna Hekiert and Amy Lazar, spearheaded the robotic sleep apnea surgery treatment in New Jersey for the patients with the most serious cases of sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at 9:40 AM
SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ Falls Church, Virginia. / Obstructive sleep apnea, caused by narrowing or blockage of the airways when a person is asleep affects about 20% of the population. Typically a person with OSA will begin snoring loudly on falling asleep. If not treated, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can increase a person’s risk of death. It is not clear whether an enlarged thyroid gland, known as a goiter, can worsen cause or worsen symptoms of OSA by compressing the airway.
Alexandra Reiher, MD, and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, evaluated the impact of goiter on OSA by assessing OSA symptoms such as snoring before and after thyroidectomy to remove all or part of and enlarged thyroid gland. Patients who reported symptoms of OSA included snoring were asked to complete a questionnaire before and 8 weeks after undergoing thyroidectomy. Data presented today at the 81st Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association showed significantly fewer patients (51% versus 71%) were considered to be at high risk for OSA following surgical reduction or removal of the thyroid gland. Symptom scores improved substantially after thyroidectomy, including a significant decrease in snoring frequency and lower scores on the question of whether the snoring bothered others.
“Obstructive sleep apnea is obviously a complex problem with numerous causes, but we find it encouraging that thyroidectomy alone can provide significant improvements in nearly a third of patients, regardless of gland size,” said study author Rebecca Sippel, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery, and Chief, Section of Endocrine Surgery, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 1:36 PM
Snoring is among the common sleep problems in adults, especially in middle-aged men. And children and kids are equally prone to this most uncomfortable sleep disorder.The effects of snoring upon the overall health of children is established to be detrimental up to great extent.
Association of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA among kids and children has now become a more common occurrence. Across the globe occurrence of persistent snoring on most nights has been reported in 8-12 percent of children.
The incidence of OSA (with significant upper airway obstruction leading to oxygen desaturation and/or sleep fragmentation) is 2-3 percent in children under the age of 10. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Siesta Medical, Inc. , a developer of minimally invasive surgical solutions for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), announced today that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Encore™ Tongue Suspension System for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a major heath problem in the United States. As many as 17 million people in the United States have moderate to severe OSA, which is characterized by frequent awakening during sleep, heavy snoring and daytime sleepiness. If left untreated, OSA has been implicated in the increased risk for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and heart failure. Despite its prevalence and role as a cardiovascular risk factor, OSA remains largely under diagnosed. Read the rest of this entry