ISSS and AAO-HNSF 2023 Sleep Surgery Research Highlights

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Nashville, TN was the site of both the 2023 International Surgical Sleep Society (ISSS) Educational Symposium and American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting. It is always wonderful to see colleagues and long-time friends. However, I wanted to take the chance to share some of what I found to be… Read more »

Does surgery work BETTER than CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea?

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In the United States and many other countries, obstructive sleep apnea surgery is generally considered a second-line therapy for patients who do not tolerate or benefit from positive airway pressure therapy (for example, continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP). This is based on two arguments: Surgery clearly has greater risks than CPAP Surgery does not… Read more »

ImThera/LivaNova aura6000 THN3 Randomized Trial Outcomes

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Since its FDA approval in 2014, the Upper Airway Stimulation system from Inspire Medical Systems has dominated the landscape of nerve stimulation in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. A number of companies have been involved in development of hypoglossal nerve stimulation technologies, and this month one of those companies (LivaNova) had publication of results… Read more »

A call for improving the quality of the otolaryngology – head and neck surgery literature

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I have written previously on this blog about our research highlighting the extremely low quality of published “systematic reviews” and “meta-analyses” in the otolaryngology and sleep surgery literature. We have shown that many studies do not adhere to established, accepted research methods for these studies, creating a dangerous situation where publications that pretend to be… Read more »

New research evaluates trouble swallowing after sleep apnea surgery

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Surgery for obstructive sleep apnea often involves surgery of the throat that removes, repositions, and/or tightens tissue. Although the goal is to improve or eliminate the sleep apnea, the risks include the potential to disrupt normal function, especially speech and swallowing. Fortunately, speech changes have always been rare, but changes in swallowing have always been… Read more »

Insomnia and Anxiety Limit Use of Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation

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Upper Airway Stimulation (Inspire Medical Systems, Golden Valley, MN, USA) is an excellent treatment option for many patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who are unable to tolerate positive airway pressure therapy (for example, CPAP or BPAP) well. There are a number of specific criteria to determine whether a patient is eligible for… Read more »

ISSS and AAO-HNS 2022: Update on Neurostimulation for OSA

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I just returned from a trip to Philadelphia for the back-to-back meetings of the International Surgical Sleep Society and American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Coming together in-person with long-time colleagues who are also friends to share experiences and ideas was wonderful. A great deal of the meeting was focused on neurostimulation,… Read more »

Epiglottis Stiffening Operation for Epiglottis-Related Obstruction in OSA

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Drug-induced sleep endoscopy has demonstrated clearly that the epiglottis can play an important role in obstructive sleep apnea in about 5-10% of patients. Surgical treatment approaches suggest that that treatment of the epiglottis specifically can provide substantial improvement in these cases. Multiple procedures have been proposed as options in cases of epiglottis-related obstruction; two of… Read more »