Dr. Pasha has developed his own unique approach to reconstructing the back of the throat to treat sleep apnea. His version of Palatal Reconstructive Surgery is much more minimal to better preserve function. After performing thousands of procedures to treat snorers and sleep apnea patients, Dr. Pasha believes that palatal reconstruction is a much-improved method than traditional approaches.
He describes the procedure as a “face lift” for the back of the throat.
A Septoplasty allows for the septum inside your nose – which divides the right and left sides of your nasal cavity – to be straightened by removing or reshaping it.
A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall, or nasal septum, between your nostrils is displaced to one side, making one nasal passage smaller.
The turbinates are three fleshy shelves on the side of the inside of the nose that serve to warm, moisturize, and filter inhaled air before it enters the lungs. If the turbinates become too enlarged from repeated infections, allergies, or other irritants, they can cause nasal blockage. This problem is called turbinate hypertrophy (enlarged turbinates).
If your turbinates persistently cause nasal obstruction, you may be a candidate for reducing the size of the turbinates surgically called partial turbinate reduction, which is the procedure of the removal of a small nasal bone that reduces the size of turbinate.
The nasal valve is the entrance of the nose just past the nostrils. The valve is made up of several components including cartilage inside the nose. For some, the cartilage of the nose becomes weak causing collapse with deep inspiration.
Dr. Pasha has a unique approach to address the nasal valve: Nasal Valve Reconstruction, in which he addresses the columella and shapes the cartilage and skin to a more normal position and shape.
If the cause of your apneas (blocking of the airway) is from a collapse from the back of your tongue when you sleep, an additional procedure called a Genioglossal Advancement Procedure may be performed. The purpose of this procedure is to suspend the tongue by pulling or “slinging” the muscles that support the tongue forward to increase airway size.
Since a small bone segment is moved, this procedure does not change the appearance of the face.
Dr. Pasha performs many procedures that focus on severe sleep apnea, like Hyoid and Tongue Advancement. The objective of this procedure is to
prevent the tongue from blocking your airway in the deep throat by making a small incision under the neck and place sutures around the hyoid and brought forward toward your chin to give support to the muscles that support the back of the throat.
If your lingual tonsils become too enlarged they may cause collapse of the airway at night causing snoring or sleep apnea. Dr. Pasha may consider the Lingual Tonsillectomy procedure, in which he’ll be removing your lingual tonsils if they are determined to be contributing to your snoring or sleep apnea.