Telemedicine in the world of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19

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In the context of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), other health concerns such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring need to take a backseat.  We are all in uncertain times, relying on the experts and our own judgment to take appropriate precautions and preparations.  I… Read more »

Surgical Approach to Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A 2019 Update (American Thoracic Society podcast)

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The growing awareness of the importance of sleep and sleep disorders over the past 15-20 years of my career has been exciting and helpful to so many individuals around the world.  This awareness has been driven by major organizations, thought leaders, and the media – ranging from medical journals to the lay press to online… Read more »

Joining The Conversation on Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Recently I was introduced to a website called The Conversation, which indicates its goal as providing “academic content, journalistic flair”.  In looking at their site, I was impressed that they really do deliver on this promise.  I will admit that I do not have the writing skills of a journalist, but I was flattered that… Read more »

Making sleep apnea surgery as safe as we can

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You never want to be an expert on surgical complications.  During my residency training, I was fortunate to work under the guidance of Edward M. Weaver, MD, MPH at the University of Washington on studies of serious complications occurring after obstructive sleep apnea surgery in over 3100 patients at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in the… Read more »

Transoral robotic surgery for obstructive sleep apnea: the US experience

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The idea of removing tongue tissue as a surgical procedure to treat obstructive sleep apnea dates back to Shiro Fujita, MD and a 1991 publication.  Multiple technologies have been used to perform lingual tonsillectomy and midline glossectomy procedures,.  The challenge has been finding a technology that allows the procedure to be performed well without making… Read more »

Learn About Two of My Patients Who Were Affected by Sleep Apnea and Retired Their CPAP Machines

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While sleep apnea mostly affects men, women (especially those who are hoping to become pregnant) are at risk too. Learn about Jose’s and Rachel’s road to recovery. I love writing about the latest research related to the surgical evaluation and treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  Research studies are important, but sometimes it is… Read more »