Options abound for addressing the hypopharynx in patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA); however, choosing an approach is not always straightforward.
Explore this issue:March 2017
Traditional Surgical Procedures
Jimmy Brown, DDS, MD, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Augusta University in Georgia, said the abundance of surgical options—genioglossus advancement, hyoid suspension, and hyoid myotomy among them—does not necessarily translate to optimal results. “The surgical options are numerous, and usually that’s the case when none of them works really well,” he said.