Transoral robotic OSA surgery
Lin HC, Friedman M. Transoral robotic OSA surgery. Auris Nasus Larynx. 2021;48(3):339-346. doi:10.1016/j.anl.2020.08.025
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the primary treatment of obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSA). Most sleep physicians are in agreement that a certain number of OSA patients cannot or will not use CPAP. Although other conservative therapies such as oral appliance, sleep hygiene and sleep positioning may help some of these patients, there are many who fail all conservative treatments. As experts of upper airway diseases, we often view an airway clearly and help OSA patients understand the importance of assessment and treatment for OSA. Surgery for OSA is not a substitute for CPAP but is an alternative treatment for those who failed conservative therapies and therefore have no other options. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is a relatively new technique and a valid option with minor post-operative morbidities for selected OSA patients. In the article, we provide an updated overview of the role and evidence of TORS for the treatment of OSA.