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Jefferson specialists studying innovative surgery for effectively treating sleep apnea
Date:8/28/2007

Sleep disorder and ear, nose and throat specialists at Thomas Jefferson University are examining an innovative procedure to treat obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

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.

Even immediately after the procedure patients have an easier time breathing, noted Maurits Boon, M.D., Clinical Instructor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. We have also observed that in a select group of patients hypertension drops off.

This procedure is often employed as an adjunct to more conventional surgery and can be very effective at treating OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is collapse of upper airway structures that prevent normal airflow. This essentially, results in cessation of breathing with resultant decreases in oxygen in the blood stream. The consequence is that this pattern of breathing causes interruptions in the normal sleep cycle and makes it difficult to get a restful night of sleep

Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that is far more common than generally understood, noted Karl Doghramji, M.D., director of Jefferson University Hospitals Sleep Disorders Center, which recently opened a new all-inclusive facility in Center City.

Sleep apnea occurs in all age groups and both genders, said Dr. Doghramji, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Jefferson It i
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Contact: Jeff Baxt
jeffrey.baxt@jefferson.edu
215-955-5507
Thomas Jefferson University
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