What is included in postoperative care following a surgical intervention for 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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Elevating the patient's bed in the recovery room and having a bilevel positive airway pressure (Bi-PAP) or CPAP device readily available is useful.

Traditionally, patients who undergo UPPP have been kept at least overnight to allow airway observation and to ensure adequate oral intake. Most serious complications seem to occur within the first 2-3 hours after surgery, and many patients (who have not undergone multilevel airway surgery) can be safely discharged home with detailed instructions. [12] Patients who are discharged the day of surgery are counseled by the author to sleep in a recliner for the first 2 nights and to try to use their CPAP device if possible. Ensuring that the patient lives relatively close to the hospital and has reliable transportation is crucial.


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