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Diode laser in uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

Keywords: Laser surgery; Sleep apnea syndromes; Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

To explore the therapeutic effect of diode laser in uvulopalatoplasty. Methods: Laser assisted uvulopalato-pharyngoplasty(LAUP) were performed on the patient suffering from obstructive sleep apnea syndrome(OSAS).The apnea hypopnea index(AHI),SaO2and clinical symptoms before and after treatment were observed. Result: The therapeutic effect was high, with less bleeding, quick recovery and few complication.
Conclusion :diode laser for UPPP can enlarge the horizontal air passage of soft palate.

Surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) The purpose is to narrow the site of the upper airway to expand [1]. Laser cutting has a good function and hemostatic function, can be used to uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). April to August, 2006 our hospital 30W diode laser uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery (LAUP) 29 cases, there is efficiency of 86.21%.

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