Tongue suspension suture in obstructive sleep apnea

Kenny P. Pang, David J. Terris

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Tongue base obstruction is widely acknowledged to be the most difficult level of obstruction to treat in obstructive sleep apnea. A number of methods to correct surgically the tongue base collapse have been proposed. The tongue base suspension suture was introduced as a minimally invasive technique for tongue base stabilization. The technique uses a screw as a bone anchor inserted intraorally into the mandible with an attached Prolene number 1 suture (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc, Cincinnati, OH) that is passed through the tongue. The suture not only provides a sling-like effect in the tongue base but also incorporates into the tongue musculature, imparting rigidity to the airway. This procedure can be performed alone or as part of a multilevel surgical algorithm in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-256
Number of pages5
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Minimally invasive
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tongue suspension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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