The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin's Sleep Disorders Program is uniquely able to help patients who suffer from sleep disorders:
Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin provide access to physicians who are dual certified both in Sleep Medicine and disorders of the upper airway (Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery). They are able to assist patients in finding the best therapy tailored to their individual needs including positive pressure therapies (simple and advanced), mandibular advancement devices (oral appliances), all other airway devices and therapies, and advanced upper airway evaluation and surgical reconstructive treatment. Depending on the individual needs of patients, treatment may range from minimally invasive office based procedures to more advanced airway reconstruction. Physicians use the best available medical evidence to guide treatment and with the use of modern tools evaluate outcomes.
The ultimate goal is to improve patient’s health and quality of life and to better integrate the care of treatment of sleep disorders into health.
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 patient with Upper Airway Stimulation (hypoglossal nerve stimulation) for sleep apnea
First to use and to publish on Coblation ™ (noninvasive radiofrequency energy) to treat (shrink) lingual tonsils for 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.
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, Froedtert & the Medical College surgeons can reconstruct the airway to alleviate obstructions that interfere with sleep. But more importantly, they have the knowledge and experience to help find the best treatment for each patient. The goal is successful treatment which for many patients does not require invasive major surgeries.
A wide variety treatment options may include minimally invasive radiofrequency procedures, office based surgeries, and simple palatal implants. Ancillary surgeries which may not alone cure sleep apnea or snoring but improve the outcomes of other surgeries. Not all surgeries are covered by all insurance carriers. Please check with your health insurance provider to determine your coverage.
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 correct abnormal snoring and 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.
Surgery to correct obstructive sleep apnea is usually covered by health insurance.