I have been reading that this is a possible treatment to sleep apnea. How does tongue reduction work? Is it literally cutting off part of the tongue?
Doctors Answers (2)
Tongue reduction surgery means cutting off a part of the back of the tongue. Post operative pain is something you will never forget. This surgery should be reserved for those patients who have been demonstrated to have a reduced airflow caused by a large tongue and not due to a very narrow airway which is easily compromised by only the tongue but the soft palate as well. There are better ways to treat sleep apnea.
We do not recommend tongue reduction surgery. That is extensive and consideration of CPAP therapy would be recommended if you have sleep apnea. You would be wise to see a Sleep Physician and have a sleep study before undergoing a tongue reduction surgery.