Hi Lexmark and welcome to the forum.
Whooah there! Why all this rush to surgery? If you are having this major surgery next Tuesday, it is highly unlikely that you will be back to work the following Monday. Your recovery could take a long, long time. Perhaps it would be wise for you to google a search on this topic.
People of all sizes, shapes, ages, sexes, types, etc. get obstructive sleep apnea. While OSA is primarily an anatomical thing, surgery rarely, if ever, cures it. Those who have surgery for OSA are often left with residual apnea that must be treated further at some point and this is done most effectively with CPAP. CPAP is the most effective and least invasive of all the available treatments for OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea is a moving target which often worsens with age and over time...even after surgery.
Yes...you have severe sleep apnea, diagnosed a year ago. I think my own thunderous snoring made all my nearest and dearest wish I would go under the knife as soon as possible to get this fixed. They sadly were not aware of the alternatives, one of which would not only completely take away my audible snoring, but which would also very effectively treat my obstructive sleep apnea... CPAP. Fortunately, I was offered CPAP by my doctor...first. No one in my house (or anybody else's) has heard me snore ever since. CPAP became no big deal for me after about 6 weeks of treatment. Now it is just something I do each night. It feels very natural and normal to me now. I look forward to a good night of sleep each night. CPAP has greatly improved my quality of life...and the lives of everybody around me.
So...the surgery not only gives you a long, drawn-out recovery time, but also eventually puts you back at square one for treatment of your OSA.
Are you sure this is what you want/have to do? It is not too late to postpone this. Why not give yourself the gift of time...to really explore your options and decide which direction will be best for you. Have you been seen yet by a sleep doctor who does NOT do surgery. I highly recommend that you do this. I'll bet you anything that your second opinion from such a specialist will be vastly different from your first.
Good luck to you and welcome again to the forum. Let us know how things go for you.
Severe OSA...both hubby and me. CPAPin' through life.
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