Sleep Surgery Solutions at the Sleep Surgery Centre
The Sleep Surgery Centre specializes in, and is dedicated to, patients with snoring and/or apnea (stopping breathing when asleep), and the surgical correction of these problems. It has been established to:
- Provide an integrated sevice, comprising all modes of both diagnosis and treatment, to every patient who has sleep disordered breathing, and to his or her doctor. This is achieved through The Sleep Surgery Centre's liason with CanSleep Services Inc. and its medical and paramedical consultants.
- Provide you, the patient, with information about sleep surgery and other modes of treatment
- Promote the research and development of sleep surgery
- Provide sleep surgery for those who need it
Our staff are trained professionals whose primary concern is your overall health and well being. Our aim is to direct each patient to the optimal treatment for him or her. Should surgery be selected by you, expect detailed preoperative counseling, a comfortable and caring environment, and the availability of ongoing care and advice following the procedure.
Dr. Richard R. J. Smyth
M.B.B.S., L.R.C.P., F.R.C.S. (C), F.R.C.S.(Eng).
Dr. Richard R.J. Smyth is the Founder and Director of the Sleep Surgery Centre. His basic medical training was at St. Bartolomew's Hospital, London, England, and he subsequently trained in General Surgery in the UK and South Africa, receiving his first FRCS in London in 1981. He then returned to his native land to further specialise in Otolaryngology at UBC, receiving his Canadian FRCS in 1984. He now has been a practising Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon for thirty years, and for the last seventeen years has sub-specialized in sleep surgery. A graduate of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, he is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at Thompson Rivers University, and a Clinical Instructor in Surgery at the University of British Columbia. He is a well known teacher, writer and lecturer in Sleep Breathing Disorders in both the medical and public domains.
The Centre is registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. and fully complies with its regulations for laser and other surgery. It is also affiliated with the False Creek Healthcare Centre where some of our procedures may be done.
The founding principle of the Sleep Surgery Centre is "Good sleep is essential to good health". Snoring and Sleep Apnea usually interfere significantly with both partners' rest. Snorers, as well as their partners, wake and get woken, and both are subject to headaches, daytime sleepiness, irritability, moodiness, and broken relationships. Moreover, many snorers are in fact unrecognized apneics, and experience more serious symptoms including anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunction, raised blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and severe sleepiness, resulting in vehicular, workplace, and other accidents.
We all know what Snoring is, but what is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the arrest of breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds, often much longer, as a result of collapse of the upper airway (throat and/or nose). The repeated arousals from REM and deep sleep and the resultant drops in blood oxygen through the night can seriously damage the lining of arteries (including those that supply the heart muscle and brain), affect your metabolism, do permanent harm to your brain function, and reduce both the quality and quantity of life. It affects about 20% of middle aged people, and is undiagnosed in about 80% of those who have it. A great article for you to read up on Snoring and Sleep Apnea can be found at theStanford University Sleep website. It contains descriptions of snoring and sleep apnea, what causes it, who's at risk, what can be done, and much more information. Please note, however, that the reasons for having surgery are much more extensive than are given in this summary, and read more on this site regarding the types of operations available, and when they are appropriate.