New York City Surgeon Ties Tongues, Transforms Lives

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Thousands of patients in this country undergo major palatal operations for obstructive sleep apnea without any significant improvement. A common condition, untreated sleep apnea can lead to or aggravate high blood pressure, weight gain, depression, heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Despite common knowledge that tongue collapse is frequently the main culprit, surgery to address this area is almost never offered. A local surgeon offers a unique, minimally invasive procedure for the tongue that can be life-changing for patients who can't tolerate conservative medical treatments.

Thousands of patients in this country undergo major palatal operations for obstructive sleep apnea without any significant improvement. A common condition, untreated sleep apnea can lead to or aggravate high blood pressure, weight gain, depression, heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Despite common knowledge that tongue collapse is frequently the main culprit, surgery to address this area is almost never offered. A local surgeon offers a unique, minimally invasive procedure for the tongue that can be life-changing for patients who can't tolerate conservative medical treatments.

"Many patients are getting the wrong operation for their obstructive sleep apnea condition," says Dr. Steven Y. Park, a Manhattan ear, nose, throat physician and surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep-related breathing disorders. "What they really need is to have their tongues tied. Literally." He is one of a handful of surgeons in New York City that routinely performs this innovative tongue suspension procedure for obstructive sleep apnea. Success rates are nearly double that of performing a palatal procedure alone.

Dr. Steven Y. Park is the author of the forthcoming book, Breathe Better, Sleep Better: How Sleep Position Affects Your Health And Your Life, and is a recognized leader in the management of snoring and sleep-related breathing disorders. He has a unique and unconventional perspective on sleep and health issues which your chronically tired and fatigued audience will find useful, if not life changing. To interview Dr. Park, call (212) 315-9058.

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