Why do you have sleep apnea? Answering to this question can save your life.
And I'll give you two examples:
If their apnea is caused by a high arched soft palate and a wide tongue, weight loss - although healthy - probably will not impact their sleep apnea.
If the point of surgery does not correspond with your anatomical cause for sleep apnea, it may be an expensive and painful mistake.
Another thing to consider is that if you know the cause for sleep apnea, you can effectively use treatment options other than CPAP.
The point is that we should all learn why do we have sleep apnea.
For most of patients with sleep apnea, the cause of the blocked airway is usually a combination of anatomical factors coupled together, resulting in cessation of breathing.
In this video you will see the OSA Demonstrator, which is one of the best educational tools to illustrate your condition, and how the treatment can work in your favor:
Here are just some examples of causes for sleep apnea from anatomical point of view:
How can you predict if you can develop sleep apnea? Take a look in the mirror:
Chances are you have answered yes to two or three of these anatomical anomalies, and these would be the reason YOU have obstructive sleep apnea. Next time you see your sleep doctor, discuss this with him/her.
Smoking will also further restrict the airway because it causes inflammation. Smoking is a choice we make and doing so can possibly make apnea worse.
If you know the cause of sleep apnea (it will be different for each of us) then I believe it will give you a better understanding of your condition.
Some anatomical obstructions may be surgically removed or trimmed, but may not necessarily cure sleep apnea if there are multiple reasons for obstruction.
If you are realistic with yourself and know the cause of sleep apnea, then you will know if CPAP is your best answer.
Any surgery is a risk, but some procedures may be helpful to you, even if they only make CPAP use easier and lessen CPAP pressures.
I hope now you understand why is so important to know the cause of sleep apnea. If you have swollen tonsils and want to remove them, that would probably increase your airway size.
However...if you also have a recessed jaw or an issue with your tongue, the tonsillectomy may not have much, if any, affect on your apnea condition.
You have to consider the whole picture.