Hypopharyngeal airway surgery is a type of sleep surgery for obstruction (blockage) in the lower throat that causes sleep-disordered breathing problems, like obstructive sleep apnea.
Hypopharyngeal surgery opens the airways behind the nasal cavity and mouth to improve breathing while you sleep. There are different causes for hypopharyngeal airway obstruction, most commonly tongue size or problems with the tongue muscle that makes it collapse (fall back) into the throat.
Types of hypopharyngeal surgery include:
- Upper airway stimulation: electrical pulses activate muscle tone
- Genioglossus advancement: repositions the tongue at the point where it attaches to the lower jaw
- Tongue base ablation: shrinks and tightens the base of the tongue
- Hyoid and tongue base suspension: repositions the hyoid bone (anchor structure for the tongue) and tongue base
- Skeletal surgery: expands the jaws to open the entire airway
Visit with a sleep medicine specialist at the University of Miami Health System to find out if hypopharyngeal surgery is right for you.
Why Choose UHealth?
Experienced pediatric and adult sleep surgeons. You can be confident your surgery is performed by board-certified pediatric or adult sleep medicine surgeons. Whatever the procedure, you receive the right care for the best outcomes.
Innovative minimally invasive hypopharyngeal procedures for sleep disorders. We always choose the least invasive techniques to effectively treat your condition — which means less pain and a quicker recovery. Our sleep surgeons also offer the most advanced techniques like upper airway stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea.
Combined surgeries to make life easier for you. We understand the various causes of sleep-disordered breathing problems and perform expert procedures at the same time whenever possible. Some hypopharyngeal procedures can be combined or performed with other techniques for obstruction higher in the airway system, such as nasal or palate surgery.