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Genioglossal Advancement

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Genioglossal advancement (or GGA) is a relatively simple surgical procedure that is performed to cure sleep apnea by preventing the tongue from blocking a patient’s airway during sleep. With the patient under general anesthesia, the surgeon is able to pull forward the base of the tongue, which widens the airway. This is done by making a small incision in the front part of the lower jaw where the genioglossus tongue muscle attaches to the back of the throat , pulling the bone and attached part of the tongue forward and securing them to the lower jaw with screws.

Typically this procedure is combined with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, maxillomandibular advancement surgery or hyoid suspension, and usually requires an overnight hospital stay.


For information about surgical treatments that we offer to resolve obstructive sleep apnea, please contact the Florida ENT Surgical Specialists at 407. 303.4120 or fill out an appointment request form online.