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Treating OSA? Don’t Forget the Tongue

December 17, 2013

Although otolaryngologic surgeons commonly focus on the palate when treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they also need to look at the tongue. With the tongue playing a significant role in obstruction in close to 75% of cases, surgeons need to consider OSA a multilevel problem in the airway. It’s not all about the palate, […]

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Effectiveness of multilevel (tongue and palate) radiofrequency tissue ablation for patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome

October 16, 2013

The primary objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of temperature controlled radio-frequency tongue ablation for patients with OSA. The study concluded that on average, abnormalities in daytime somnolence, quality of life, and reaction time testing demonstrated improvement from baseline and were normalized after the temperature controlled radio-frequency tongue ablation treatment. Polysomnographic respiratory […]

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Lesion Formation in Radiofrequency Surgery of the Tongue Base

October 15, 2013

Due to its minimally invasive character, temperature controlled radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction (RFVTR, or Somnoplasty) has received increasing attention in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing in recent years. Especially in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea caused by hypopharyngeal obstruction, radiofrequency surgery is the only minimally invasive technique that can be performed under local anesthesia […]

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