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Sleep Med Rev. 2005 Jun;9(3):201-9. Epub 2005 Apr 9.

Surgical therapy for adult obstructive sleep apnea.

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  • 1Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center, 1900 University Avenue, Suite 105, East Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA.


Despite advances in positive pressure therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, compliance continues to be a problem for many patients. Sleep apnea surgery is a viable option for patients who are intolerant of positive pressure therapy. This review will present the current state of art in sleep apnea surgery, including airway evaluation with fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy and lateral cephalometric radiograph, formulation of a surgical plan through a selection of procedures to address specific sites of obstruction, as well as discussion of published surgical outcomes.

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