Continuous positive airway pressure is first-line treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea, but is often not well tolerated by patients. Surgery can help facilitate other therapies or provide improvement when other management options are not viable.
- Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is very common and is associated with significant impact on patient health and partner’s sleep.
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is first-line treatment for OSA, but adherence can be problematic.
- Surgery can improve adherence of, or be complementary to, other therapies.
- Surgery may provide benefit where other therapies have failed.
- A detailed history and examination are key for selecting appropriate surgical candidates.
- Modern surgical techniques have evolved to preserve tissue and function with good outcomes.
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