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Hyoid Suspension

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When the airway obstruction in obstructive sleep apnea is at the base of the tongue, one means of addressing the issue is through hyoid suspension, where the surgeon either connects the u-shaped hyoid bone in the front of the neck to the thyroid cartilage (commonly referred to as the Adam’s apple) or suspends it from the mandible as a way to keep a patient’s airway open during sleep. However, this procedure has been shown to be less effective than other tongue surgeries including genioglossal advancement and is usually performed in concert with at least one other sleep apnea surgery to achieve the needed results.

For more information on surgical therapies for obstructive sleep apnea, contact Florida ENT Surgical Specialists at 407.303.4120 or fill out an appointment request form online.