What is phase I surgery 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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For phase I surgery, perform UPPP for patients with type I obstruction, GAHM for patients with type III obstruction, and simultaneous UPPP and GAHM for patients with type II obstruction. The overall success rate for phase I surgery is approximately 61%, although patients with severe OSA (RDI >60, lowest oxyhemoglobin saturation < 70%) have a success rate of only 42%.


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