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Modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and coblation tongue channelling in the management of obstructive sleep apnoea: a single surgeon’s experience

  
@article{AJO4238,
	author = {Leba Michael Sarkis and Donald Lee and Ron Grunstein and Nicholas W. Stow},
	title = {Modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and coblation tongue channelling in the management of obstructive sleep apnoea: a single surgeon’s experience},
	journal = {Australian Journal of Otolaryngology},
	volume = {2},
	number = {0},
	year = {2019},
	keywords = {},
	abstract = {Background: Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is one of the most common surgical procedures used to treat obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). The purpose of this study was to compare pre- and post-operative apnoea hypopnoea indices (AHI), oxygen desaturation indices (ODI) and clinical symptoms using the Epworth Sleepiness scale (ESS) in patients with sleep study-confirmed OSA, who had failed or declined device therapy and who underwent the Australian modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (modUPPP) and Coblation tongue channelling. 
Methods: This is a retrospective cohort study of 34 patients who underwent the Australian modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and Coblation tongue channelling performed by a single surgeon between 2012 and 2018. Pre and post-operative AHI and ODI were formally measured by polysomnogram and ESS completed. A Wilcoxon signed rank test was used to compare pre and post-operative values. 
Results: A total of 34 patients underwent surgery. The median preoperative AHI was 46.4 (IQR, 17–70.5) and the median post-operative was 11.1 (IQR, 5.4–22.4). The median difference in AHI, ODI and ESS was 29, 15.6 and 1 respectively, which was statistically significant (P},
	url = {http://www.theajo.com/article/view/4238}
}