December 10, 2019

2 New Animations to Address Sleep Apnea: Lateral Pharyngoplasty and ThyroHyroid Approximation

Two new animations have been created showing the steps involved to surgically correct obstructive sleep apnea. Both are relatively uncommon and address different areas of the throat prone to collapse during sleep.

The thyrohyoid approximation (aka, hyoidthyroidpexia) above is used to address obstruction that occurs at the base of tongue level by moving the epiglottis and base of tongue forward via hyoid fixation to the thyroid cartilage.

Lateral pharyngoplasty below is used to address obstructive sleep apnea caused by lateral wall collapse leading to airway obstruction during sleep.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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