What is the role of tongue-base surgery in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 25, 2021
  • Author: Charles E Morgan, DMD, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Lingual tonsillectomy, lingualplasty, and laser midline glossectomy are moderately successful procedures designed to reduce the mass of the tongue base. Proper postoperative airway support requires a temporary tracheotomy.


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