The Sleep Surgery Center at Mount Sinai

The Program for Comprehensive Management and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Snoring at Mount Sinai’s Sleep Surgery Center is at the forefront of management of sleep disorders. Through collaboration with the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Neurology, Endocrine/Nutrition, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery, and the Department of Surgery’s Division of Bariatric Surgery, our Program provides the collective expertise of a multidisciplinary approach necessary to address all conditions in sleep disordered breathing.

Fred Lin, MD, Director of the Sleep Surgery Center, completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his fellowship in sleep surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center. He is an expert in all aspects related to the surgical treatment of Sleep Apnea and Snoring. His clinical interests include general otolaryngology, allergy and rhinology, and sleep surgery.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Snoring Causes and Symptoms

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted or decreased during sleep. This is secondary to muscle relaxation in the throat and tongue which close the airway, preventing airflow, and causing oxygen starvation. When this occurs, the brain sends a survival signal to awaken to a lighter level of sleep and breathing is restored.

This process can be repeated up to hundreds of times each night. The combination of poor sleep and oxygen starvation may cause Sleep Apnea symptoms including daytime sleepiness, deficits in memory, attention, concentration, and depressed mood. This disorder is also associated with an increased risk of automobile accidents. Additionally, untreated Sleep Apnea may increase the risk of medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, and stroke.

Snoring is a partial obstruction of the airway, usually at the level of the palate and uvula. A narrowed airway passage creates turbulence, which vibrates the tissues of the throat and nose. It is often found in Sleep Apnea patients and is a common source of bed partner complaints.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatments

Every patient requires a customized plan in the treatment of OSA. The cause of airway obstruction varies among patients, and the management depends on the regions contributing to the obstruction of airflow. At Mount Sinai, we are at the forefront of all surgical and non-surgical treatments for Snoring and OSA. Snoring without the presence of Sleep Apnea may be treated with oral appliances, radiofrequency technology or pillar implants. For complex OSA cases, Mount Sinai offers the full spectrum of surgical solutions, and whenever possible, the least invasive option. This includes TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for the tongue base to improve the airway.

Sleep Disorders Research and Education

Mount Sinai’s Sleep Surgery Center team participates in projects designed to be collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature to take advantage of resources and perspectives unique to each discipline, including Otolaryngology, Bariatric Surgery, Sleep Medicine, and Nutrition. Our mission is to advance education and understanding of sleep disorders and their management among patients and professionals. Additionally, our faculty is routinely involved in lectures to improve the standard-of-care of treatment.


Contact Us

Ear, Nose and Throat/Head and Neck Services
5 East 98th Street
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-9410

Robotic Surgery Can Treat Sleep Apnea

People with sleep apnea can stop breathing more than 30 times an hour. Robotic surgery offers a permanent solution.

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Sleep Apnea Brochure [PDF]