Our ProgramThe USC Sleep Apnea and Snoring Surgery Center is recognized internationally as a leader in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. As part of the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, the Center is uniquely poised in its ability to provide relief for individuals with snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are important problems that can affect social relationships, health and the ability to get a good night of sleep. Snoring is an important problem that may affect the sleep of others. Obstructive sleep apnea is a more-serious condition. It often involves snoring but also includes intermittent blockage of breathing that can cause health problems and can prevent individuals from achieving deep and restful sleep, thus impacting daily life.
Surgery is generally reserved for treating snoring and sleep apnea in patients who have not benefited from conservative treatments such as weight loss and positive airway pressure therapy. Sleep surgery has evolved beyond the one-size-fits-all approach, and our surgeons are highly skilled in the latest, state-of-the-art procedures and treatments.
Sleep medicine experts within the USC Caruso Department work collaboratively with the USC Sleep Disorders Center that also includes pulmonologists, neurologists and sleep technologists. The center offers comprehensive sleep disorders evaluations and sleep studies either at home or the sleep laboratory.
We offer targeted, effective surgical treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through a comprehensive approach that is unique in Southern California. Using the most advanced evaluation techniques, we provide a custom treatment plan for each individual patient and offer a variety of options, from minimally invasive office procedures to more-involved surgeries. We are recognized internationally for our expertise and innovative research that directly improves patients’ results. Our surgeons were among the first in the country to perform the Pillar Procedure, a minimally invasive in-office procedure for snoring. Additionally, Keck Medical Center of USC was the first location in Los Angeles to offer the Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation™, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
USC Sleep Disorders Center
Staffed by board-certified sleep specialists and registered polysomnographic technologists, the USC Sleep Disorders Center delivers a high-quality patient experience.
The center offers sleep studies performed in the four-bed sleep laboratory or in a patient’s own bed at home. Home sleep studies generally monitor breathing patterns, oxygen levels and heart rhythms. Studies in the sleep laboratory are more detailed and include brain wave and eye movement monitors. Sleep studies are necessary to diagnose snoring, obstructive sleep apnea and numerous other sleep disorders. Individuals with sleep irregularities manifested by excessive daytime sleepiness, excessive snoring, witnessed apneas, morning headaches, insomnia and/or abnormal nocturnal movements or behaviors would benefit from a comprehensive sleep evaluation.
Our sleep specialists conduct studies and provide treatments for numerous disorders, including:
- Sleep apnea
- Hypnotic dependent sleep disorder
- Idiopathic hypersomnia
- Kleine-Levin syndrome
- Circadian sleep rhythm disorders
- Delayed and advanced sleep phase syndrome
- Shift-work sleep disorder
- Jet lag
- Irregular sleep wake pattern
- Periodic leg movement disorder
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sleep walking
- Sleep eating
- Sleep paralysis
- REM behavior disorder
- Sleep bruxism
- Pulmonary hypertension with sleep apnea
- Heart failure with sleep apnea
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