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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. kaseyli@hotmail.com

Abstract

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.

PMID:
10581836
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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