Bottom line: Patients with post-operative desaturations after undergoing multi-level airway surgery for OSA had them within three hours of the surgery and may not require admission if undergoing nasal and palatal surgery alone. Those undergoing tongue procedures and suspension suture placement in particular had an increased likelihood of complications.
Reference: Pang KP, Siow JK, Tseng P. Safety of multilevel surgery in obstructive sleep apnea: a review of 487 cases. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;138(4):353-357.
—Reviewed by Stacey L. Ishman, MD