During laser midline glossectomy, the size of the
tongue through the midline is reduced. In some cases, the tonsils are trimmed
and the epiglottis is partially removed.
sleep apnea treatment
Treated with Laser Midline Glossectomy:
Laser midline glossectomy may be performed in cases
of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Non-surgical alternatives to laser midline
glossectomy include use of an oral appliance, continuous positive airway
pressure device or an adjustable airway pressure device. Surgical alternatives
to the procedure include uvulopalatoplasty, uvulopalatopharyngoglossoplasty,
maxillomandibular advancement, uvulopalatal flap and a tracheostomy.
with Laser Midline Glossectomy:
Laser midline glossectomy is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from Laser Midline Glossectomy:
Possible risks following laser midline glossectomy
include infection, bleeding, difficulty swallowing and a negative reaction to
the anesthesia. It is also possible for the surgery to fail to correct snoring
or sleep apnea.