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Ear Nose Throat J. 1999 Nov;78(11):836-7, 841-5.

Overview of phase I surgery for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

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Center for Excellence in Sleep Disorders Medicine, Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine, USA.


It is well established that obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Surgical therapy has been demonstrated to be a viable treatment option for cure. Thorough presurgical evaluation with the identification of the type of airway abnormality is mandatory to allow for the utilization of a surgical protocol that results in improved clinical outcomes. Phase I surgical protocol is designed to apply specific surgical procedures to alleviate the obstruction(s) present. Following a logical, stepwise surgical approach in airway reconstruction will minimize surgical interventions and avoid unnecessary operations. The incorporation of a risk-management protocol will minimize treatment complications while achieving cure.

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