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Laser Midline Glossectomy

Posted On: 10-03-2015
Laser Midline Glossectomy

What is Laser Midline Glossectomy?

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.

Also Known As:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea treatment
  • LMG

Conditions Treated with Laser Midline Glossectomy:

Laser midline glossectomy may be performed in cases of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Laser Midline Glossectomy:

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.

Anesthesia 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.

Potential 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.

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