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Surgery for obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome

Sundaram S, Lim J, Lasserson TJ
Published Online: 
28 February 2013

Surgery for obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome aims to relieve obstruction by increasing the size of the airway in the throat, bypassing the airway or removing a lesion. A limited number of trials assessing diverse surgical techniques were identified. There were inconsistent effects reported across the trials. The available evidence from these small studies does not currently support the widespread use of surgery in people with mild to moderate daytime sleepiness associated with sleep apnoea.

This record should be cited as: 
Sundaram S, Lim J, Lasserson TJ. Surgery for obstructive sleep apnoea in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD001004. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001004.pub2
Assessed as up to date: 
1 July 2008