Sub-Optimal Surgery As Effective As CPAP?

One of the more heated debates in sleep medicine is the role of surgery for obstructive sleep apnea. There are some sleep doctors that say that there’s no role for surgery at all, except for nasal issues. Then there are physicians who argue that some improvement is better than not using CPAP at all. Here’s […]

Sleep Apnea Surgery: Paralysis by By Analysis

One of the great advances of the internet is the boom in information available for health related topics. There's a ton of great information about sleep apnea out there, but unfortunately, much of it is the same old, recycled information that's not always accurate. I make it my job to know what patients are reading, […]

Ask Dr. Park Your Question About Sleep Apnea Surgery

Please join me as I host another Ask Dr. Park teletraining program on "What You MUST Know About Sleep Apnea Surgery."  Topic:  "What You MUST Know About Sleep Apnea Surgery"  Date:    Tuesday,  February 9th, 2010  Time:   8PM Eastern  I get inundated with questions about surgery all the time, and I thought it was time I spoke my mind […]

Sleep Apnea Surgery: Sham or Science?

As a surgeon, it’s difficult for me to say that most surgical procedures that are performed for sleep apnea don’t work. But like everything else in life, it’s never black or white—there are always various shades of gray.   Many people (and surgeons) think of the upper airway as a simple tube that channels air […]

UPPP Revisited for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) procedure is probably one of the most controversial issues in sleep medicine for sleep apnea treatment. Despite study after study showing limited success rates, surgeons continue performing this procedure. Some in the sleep community are adamant that with such low success rates, it should not be performed anymore. But then there are […]