A large number of OSA patients are referred to ENT Surgeons for their opinion or intervention. Some of these cases may warrant surgical intervention. ENT surgeons have to take a call based on the following factors:
- The severity of OSA.
- Advantages if surgery option is exercised.
- Patient concurrence.
Before option for surgery or choosing non surgical option, ENT surgeons can order for a sleep study test.
“In most patients with moderate to severe OSA , Continuous Positive airway Pressure [CPAP] is the first line treatment——— Surgical procedures may be considered as a secondary treatment when outcome of PAP therapy is inadequate —-” [American Academy of Otolaryngology -Head and Neck Surgery – website 2015 www.entnet.org] “Surgical therapy can also be effective when used as adjunct to improve tolerance and succeed with CPAP or an oral appliance” [American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery