After Sleep Apnea Surgery

There are several treatment options available. An initial treatment may consist of using a nasal CPAP machine that delivers pressurized oxygen through a nasal mask to limit obstruction at night. One of the surgical options is an uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty (UPPP), which is performed in the back of the soft palate and throat. This involves trimming the soft palate and uvula and removing your tonsils.

EATING

The most important thing is to drink liquids, otherwise dehydration can sometimes occur. Solid foods are not as important to take as are liquids for this reason. Also, there may be too much soreness to swallow solids. Stay away from foods which are sour, salty, sharp or hot since this may cause pain and discomfort.

Suggested liquids: Apple juice, grape juice, Hi-C, Gator Aid, sodas (you may want to let the “fizz” out first), popsicles, sherbet, apple sauce, Jell-O, pudding

Not Recommended: Solids, orange juice (any citric drink), spicy foods

These are only guides. The important thing is to swallow liquids. Milk products may increase mucus secretions.

BLEEDING

There is usually not too much bleeding during the operation, but there is always a chance of bleeding when you come home after the operation. The most common time for bleeding is 7 to 10 days after surgery. Sometimes bleeding may occur in the first 24 hours after the operation. Usually this early bleeding occurs within the first 2 hours. However, bleeding can occur at any time, until everything is healed, which takes about two to three weeks. If this occurs, swallow some ice water. If the bleeding persists, you should go to the Emergency Room for evaluation.

MANAGE THE PAIN

The two things that make pain go away are taking liquid pain medication (you will get a prescription to take home with you), swallowing lots of liquids and keeping a humidifier by your bedside.

FEVER

A small fever (100 or 101 degrees) is common after surgery. If it goes above 102, call and we will discuss it. Often, fever goes away in a few days. You may take Tylenol to decrease the fever but DO NOT overdose this medication if you have taken liquid pain medications. Stay away from aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin and other non-steroidal pain relievers since they can increase bleeding. Make sure you are giving the pain medicine often (every 4-6 hours).

ACTIVITIES

You should rest for the first few days. Do not drive while taking narcotic pain medication. Avoid strenuous activity. You should stay in town for 2 weeks after surgery in case there is delayed bleeding.

CHECK UPS

Ask your doctor when you should come back for a checkup. Usually the first visit should be made for 2 weeks after surgery.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Barrington Office Phone Number 847-888-9000.