Surgical Sleep and Snoring

Surgical Sleep and Snoring

Hypoglossal nerve stimulation therapy is an emerging surgical treatment option for select patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Head & Neck Institute’s Section of Surgical Sleep and Snoring is providing this therapy to qualified patients who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe OSA, are intolerant of continuous positive airway pressure therapy, and fulfill published criteria.

Data on 60 patients implanted with the device are presented for the time period of 2018 to 2020. The apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) decreased from approximately 38 before surgery to 5.8 after surgery. All patients had a quantifiable improvement in their sleep apnea after the procedureᵃ. In general, patients reported meaningful improvement in their quality of life and daytime functioning.

Comparison of Preimplant and Treatment AHI (N = 60)

2018 - 2020

AHI = apnea-hypopindex

ᵃPostimplant studies have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and change in protocol.