You will first be greeted by Dr Mooney’s receptionists, they will ask you to fill in a form with basic details.
This is followed by a formal consultation with Dr William Mooney.
He will assess your full medical history and a medical examination is performed.
In particular, Dr Mooney will exam features such as nasal dysfunction, obstruction and the patients weight and BMI are important to know.
It is also most useful if the patients sleeping partner is present as they can most accurately report the nature of the patients snoring and whether there seems to be a component of obstruction and snoring that can range from mild noisy snoring right through to severe obstructive sleep apnoea. An apnoea is defined as a pause in breathing whilst sleeping that can last from a few to several seconds. More than 15 pauses per sleep is considered a clinical significance and can have significant impact on the health and psychological wellbeing of the patient, not to mention the erosive nature of snoring on any relationship!
Examination is key and we start with weight. Any man over 100kg and 80kg in women snores, if the patients weight is within this range the surgery is not as effective.
If a patient has a lower BMI the snoring is due to the nose or throat or combination of the two.
Nasal problems such as a deviated septum, broken nose or bad hay fever can contribute. Throat problems such as big tonsillitis, long palette, recessive jaw or a big base of tongue all can contribute.
Once we have this data we can plan a treatment for this patient. The treatment may be something as simple as nose spray, weight loss and might range through to nose and throat surgery.
Dr William Mooney will then discuss operative planning, risks and complications.
We always have at least two consultations before surgery. This cooling off period is essential as this is such an important life decision. It is a healthcare stipulation for young patients but we apply to all patients.
At our subsequent consult, we discuss the finer details of the pre-operative treatment; what to wear, eat, think and do as your operation approaches.