Shawn Ciecko MD is an Otolaryngologist, Medical School at University of Buffalo, Resident in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Duke University, Medical Center and ENTandAllergy Associate.
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Male: As an ENT surgeon, is there any thing you can do to help someone that has sleep apnea? Shawn Clecko: Sure, taking all commerce, every person that walks in the middle of sleep apnea were not very good at fixing sleep apnea surgically and that’s because sleep apnea has a process that’s different for each patient so each patient has to be taken individually. Their anatomy has to be taken into account and we need to address each patient’s anatomy in an individual pattern. As the answers where do look at the levels of obstruction whether it’s in the nasal cavity, the oral cavity, the oral pharynx or lower down at the basement or in the tongue or in the throat and we address those areas at deep end of the nasal septum or nasal polyps that are growing in the nose can be corrected surgically and removed to allow the nasal area to be open. In children, adenoids are better blocking the nasal pharynx where we remove to open that airway. In the back of the throat, the very large tongues or the redundant palate or uvula can cause blockage in the throat and trimming those and removing the tonsils can open up that airway and at the back of the tongue, we can do tongue base reduction procedures to open the airway. So each patient is an individual and that’s how we have to assess each situation.

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