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Tongue and Hyoid Suspension

Tongue and Hyoid Suspension – This procedure (performed for patients with obstructive sleep apnea) secures the hyoid bone to the thyroid cartilage and helps to stabilize this region of airway. The hyoid bone is located in the neck that has attachments to the tongue, as well as other soft tissues and muscles around the throat. This bone is not attached in position, causing mobility and possible blockage during sleep. This surgery involves general anesthesia in an operating room. The surgeon will place four stiches around the hyoid bone and the upper portion of the thyroid cartilage to stabilize it. A drain will be placed to allow any fluid to escape without being trapped in the body.


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