Surgical Therapy Outcomes for Children Experiencing Obstructive Sleep

by admin on July 10, 2017

Rande Lazar, MD, specializes in treating patients with ear, nose, and throat disorders. He performs surgeries for sinus problems such as chronic post-nasal drip, allergies, and sinus infections. Rande Lazar, MD, also treats children with obstructive sleep apnea and recently co-authored a paper titled “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children: A Practical Approach.” There are several ways to measure the surgical therapy outcomes for children who experience obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The surgical procedure used in the above study was adenotonsillectomy (T&A), a procedure that removes the adenoid and tonsils. One of the methods is to evaluate the outcome is based on pre- and postoperative polysomnography, a sleep test that records brain waves, vital signs, arm and leg movement, and oxygen levels in the blood. Outcomes can also be measured using subjective evidence, such as quality of life, reduction in health care costs, and utilization. Researchers Brietzke and Gallagher reviewed 14 studies of postoperative OSA outcomes and found that there was an 83% success rate of normalizing OSA in children. Dramatic improvement in the quality of life of the child and caregiver was also observed, even after two years.

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