Relocation pharyngoplasty

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Abstract

The mechanism of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is usually multifactorial and the obstruction in the upper airway is very likely to be multilevel. Relocation pharyngoplasty (RP) is an innovative and multilevel surgical technique to remodel the narrow pharynx by advancing the soft palate and splinting the lateral pharyngeal wall in an attempt to both enlarge pharyngeal airway lumen and lessen pharyngeal collapse. We present the reader with some detailed illustrations of our surgical technique that can be used in selected OSA patients.

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