What is the role of surgery in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2020
  • Author: Vittorio Rinaldi, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Surgical care of SDB is discussed more fully in Surgical Approach to Snoring and Sleep Apnea. [94, 95, 63]  In the perioperative period, n-CPAP is often used to ensure good ventilation even in the presence of postoperative edema. Because of the use of analgesics and swelling of the soft tissues, the pressure needed to maintain a patent airway postoperatively may be greater than the patient had been using before surgery.

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