Innovative surgery for effectively treating sleep apnea
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep disorder and ear, nose and throat specialists at Thomas Jefferson University are examining an innovative procedure for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome treatment.
In the procedure, known as Genial Bone Advancement Trephine (GBAT), a small portion of the lower jaw which attaches to the tongue is moved forward, to pull the tongue away from the back of the airway, increasing the airway space. It is considered an option for patients when medications or a continuous positive airway pressure (C-PAP) device, which increases the supply of oxygen and reduces the work of breathing, have proven to be ineffective.