Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2022 Feb 6. Epub 2022 Feb 6.
School of Medicine, Campus Bio-Medico University, Unit of Integrated Therapies in Otolaryngology, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy, Via Alvaro del Portillo 21, 00128, Rome, Italy.
Introduction: Oropharyngeal surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has evolved from a radical excision of "redundant" soft tissue for the enlargment of the airway to a minimally invasive reconstruction to fulfill both preservation of pharyngeal function and improvement of sleep apnea. Recently, Alianza surgical technique has been successfully introduced as a new, non-resective procedure aimed to treat concentric pharyngeal collapse at the velum using Barbed Sutures. The aim of this study was to show the effectiveness and safety of Alianza technique as standalone surgical treatment in selected patients with moderate-severe OSA and concentric pharyngeal collapse that refused or did not tolerate Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy. Read More