How will patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and surgically altered airway anatomy respond to upper airway stimulation (UAS) as compared with surgically naïve individuals?
UAS resulted in significant and profound improvement for all groups. Additionally, this study demonstrated no significant difference between outcomes for patients with prior airway surgery and those without.
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Background: Soft tissue collapse of the upper airway is a hallmark of OSA. Neurostimulation aims to solve this problem by inducing tone in key muscles in the upper aerodigestive tract in order to maintain patency of the airway without voluntary intent from the patient, and has been demonstrated mechanistically in multiple animal models. It is clear that upper airway stimulation works, particularly for a large subset of patients with favorable patterns of airway collapse. What is poorly understood, however, is how patients with surgically altered airway anatomy will respond to UAS as compared to surgically naïve individuals.
Study design: Retrospective chart review at a single institution tertiary academic care center.| | | Next → | Single Page