Upper airway stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea

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Upper airway stimulation as treatment of obstructive sleep apnea has gained an enormous worldwide interest, in particular since the publication of exciting 12 months results in early 2014, although results remain constant after 12 months. Earlier, we reported in detail on the implantable system, patient selection criteria, operative technique, device programming, and mechanism of action. After the publication of this paper, surgical modifications have taken place; the present improved technique is quicker and easier. In this article, the authors report their experience in more than 50 patients, including recommended recent surgical modifications.

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