What is the approach to surgery selection for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Because several sites of obstruction may be responsible, a systematic approach for selecting surgery has been developed. [199, 200] This is the Riley-Powell-Stanford surgical protocol designed in 1988. The protocol has 2 phases. Phase I consists of the UPPP and GAHM procedures, and phase II consists of the more complicated MMO procedure. Patients who are not adequately treated with phase I surgery are offered phase II surgery.


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