Base of Tongue Reduction
Base of tongue reduction is a surgical procedure performed either in the office or in the operating room and is designed to treat retrolingual obstruction contributing to obstructive sleep apnea.
In-Office Base of Tongue Reduction
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is geared to improving retrolingual obstruction from base of tongue enlargement. A probe is inserted into multiple points at the base of tongue and radiofrequency energy is delivered. This causes the tissue to scar over time, decreasing the tendency for this tissue to contribute to obstruction during sleep. This procedure is mainly reserved for those patients that cannot tolerate CPAP therapy and seek a means to improve their CPAP tolerance.
Surgical Base of Tongue Reduction
Surgical base of tongue reduction requires general anesthesia and is an advanced procedure used to decrease airway obstruction resulting from an enlarged base of tongue. The entire surgery is done in about 30 minutes and is performed through the mouth. Most patients require overnight observation for 23 hours and go home the following day. This procedure is mainly used for those patients that have failed nearly every option of treatment for OSA (CPAP, Oral Appliances, Weight Loss) and have serious health risks associated with untreated sleep apnea (hypertension, heart disease).
It is performed using an advanced surgical robot or specialized instrumentation. The specific approach is based on your anatomic findings and surgeon preference.
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