Sleep Disorders Treatment

Leader in Innovative Treatments for Sleep Disorders

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin's Sleep Disorders Program leads the field in innovative treatments for sleep disorders:

  • First in the nation to treat a sleep apnea patient with Upper Airway Stimulation (hypoglossal nerve stimulation).
  • First in the world to use Coblation™ — a noninvasive radiofrequency energy used to shrink lingual tonsils to treat sleep apnea.
  • First in the nation to treat obstructive sleep apnea with a tongue suspension suture, a simple procedure that helps keep the tongue base from collapsing during sleep.
  • First in the nation to treat sleep apnea using a technique to lengthen the jaw bone (mandibular distraction).
  • First in the region to treat airway obstruction using the Pillar™ implant — small polyester inserts that stiffen the soft palate.

Advanced Treatment for Sleep Disorders

The Sleep Disorders Program is a national and international leader in advanced surgery for sleep problems caused by breathing disorders. Using a variety of techniques, surgeons reconstruct the airway to alleviate obstructions that interfere with sleep. Our physicians have the knowledge and experience to find the best treatment for each patient. The goal is successful treatment, and for many patients that does not require major invasive surgery.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Treatment options may include minimally invasive radiofrequency procedures, office-based surgeries and simple palatal implants. Ancillary surgeries alone may not cure sleep apnea or snoring, but they may help improve the outcomes of other surgeries.

Advanced Surgical Procedures

Surgery may be needed to correct a sleep disorder, particularly to correct obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In some cases, surgery can also be done to remove obstructions in the lower throat and correct abnormal snoring. Surgery is also an option to remove severe nasal obstructions in people who suffer from insomnia.

Surgery may be recommended when other treatments do not work, or it may augment other sleep disorder therapies. Surgery is performed for people with:

  • Lesions (abnormalities) of the upper airway tissue
  • Apnea that has failed medical treatment
  • A lifestyle that precludes other treatments for obstructive sleep apnea
  • Habitual snoring in the absence of obstructive sleep apnea

The decision to perform surgery is based on the location of the collapsed tissue, the severity of the disease, associated medical risk and the likelihood of success. No single surgical procedure will work for all people.

The goal of surgery is to stabilize the upper airway by modifying its size or shape and reducing the amount of collapsible tissue in the throat to prevent collapse and obstruction. This includes removing any obstructions in the throat such as growths, polyps, or enlarged adenoids and tonsils. Oral and maxillofacial surgery may be needed to correct abnormal facial structures, such as a recessed jaw.

Not all surgeries are covered by all insurance carriers. Please check with your health insurance provider to determine your coverage.


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