Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
© 2016 by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Surgical management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is indicated when a surgically correctable abnormality is believed to be the source of the problem. Many patients opt for surgical treatment after noninvasive forms of treatment have been proven ineffective or difficult to tolerate. With increasing frequency, functional rhinoplasty, septoplasty, turbinoplasty, palatal surgery, and orthognathic surgery are being used in the management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Plastic surgeons' experience with aesthetic nasal surgery, nasal reconstruction, palatal surgery, and craniofacial surgery puts them at the forefront of performing surgery for snoring and sleep apnea. The role of functional septorhinoplasty, turbinoplasty, palatal surgery, genioglossal advancement, and orthognathic surgery is indispensable in the surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea. Multidisciplinary management of these patients is critical, and plastic surgeons are encouraged to work collaboratively with sleep medicine clinicians and centers.
Tanna, N., Smith, B., Zapanta, P., Karanetz, I., Andrews, B., Urata, M., & Bradley, J. (2016). Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 137 (4). http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/PRS.0000000000002017