Telemedicine, telehealth, and video consults in sleep apnea and snoring surgery

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Because of my career-long focus and unique experience in the combination of sleep surgery and sleep medicine, patients from around the country or other countries often reach out for an evaluation or for surgery. Because of the logistical challenges and costs of in-person visits, I have offered video consults for many years. These remote evaluations… Read more »

Drug-induced sleep endoscopy findings are associated with results of Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation

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Inspire Medical Systems received FDA approval in 2014 for their Upper Airway Stimulation therapy to treat obstructive sleep apnea, and we were the first center in the Western United States to offer this treatment to patients after that approval. We have a substantial experience with this therapy here and have always felt it essential to… Read more »

Is Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy Similar to Natural Sleep?

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A recurring theme of this blog and the sleep-doctor.com website is that successful surgery for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring depends on understanding the causes that differ from one patient to another. As otolaryngologists, we use flexible fiberoptic telescopes (like the one shown below) to look inside the breathing passages to see where they are open… Read more »

Video Presentation on Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation

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Over the years, I have become more and more impressed by my patients and their sophisticated knowledge of obstructive sleep apnea and the latest research. As part of a national educational lecture series for sleep medicine fellows, I was recently asked to give a lecture on hypoglossal nerve stimulation in the treatment of obstrucive sleep… Read more »

Will Medical Courses and Conferences All Become Virtual Meetings?

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This month, the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery was entirely virtual, continuing the pattern followed by other medical conferences and courses. I have written previously about our expanded use of telemedicine and the development of new online educational programs, but this is an existing major medical… Read more »

Does drug-induced sleep endoscopy improve surgical outcomes?

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One of the wonderful things about sleep surgery is that it remains a relatively small field. I have had the pleasure of getting to know leading sleep surgeons from around the world through various organizations, such as the International Surgical Sleep Society. Because we know each other well, we share experiences (good and bad) and… Read more »