Endoscope-guided coblator tongue base resection using an endoscope-holding system for obstructive sleep apnea

Hyung Ju Cho, Do Yang Park, Hyun Jin Min, Hyo Jin Chung, Jeung Gweon Lee, Chang Hoon Kim

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Background Multilevel obstruction in obstructive sleep apnea commonly includes retroglossal obstruction. To improve surgical success rates, tongue volume reduction with posterior midline glossectomy and/or lingual tonsillectomy is widely performed. Methods Nasotracheal intubation was utilized, and the combined tongue procedure was performed as a final step after palatal surgery. The tongue was pulled maximally by a retraction suture and a McIVOR (Karl Storz, Tuttlingen, Germany) or Davis mouth gag (Karl Storz,Tuttlingen, Germany), and a medium-length tongue blade was applied to expose the tongue base. A 70-degree rigid endoscope was fixed by the holding system and introduced into the oral cavity. Endoscope-guided coblator tongue base resection was then performed. Results The surgeon could use both hands for the surgery, enabling a more delicate resection of tongue base tissue. Conclusion This technique was acceptable and can be successfully used in patients with a large tongue, in whom exposing the tongue base for surgery is difficult.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-639
Number of pages5
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1

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  • Otorhinolaryngology


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