Segmental mandibular advancement for moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnoea: a pilot study

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      Segmental mandibular advancement (SMA) consists of a combination of bilateral sagittal split osteotomy, anterior subapical osteotomy with extraction of the first premolars, and genioplasty, to allow an extended advancement of the mandible for the improvement of tongue base obstruction in moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and to minimize any unfavourable aesthetic change due to the large jaw advancement. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the surgical outcomes and complications following SMA in OSA patients. Twelve patients (nine male, three female) underwent SMA as part or whole of their skeletal advancement procedure for OSA. The apnoea–hypopnoea index (AHI) improved from a mean± standard deviation 42.4 ± 22.0/hour preoperatively to 9.0 ± 17.4/hour at 1 year postoperative. Surgical success (50% reduction in AHI) was achieved in 11 of the 12 patients (91.7%) at 1 year postoperative, while seven patients (58.3%) attained surgical cure (AHI<5/hour). The lowest oxygen saturation (LSAT) increased from a mean 73.3% preoperatively to 78.7% at 1 year postoperative. The airway volume increased from a mean 2.4 ± 1.7 cm3 at baseline to 6.7 ± 3.5 cm3 at 1 year postoperative (P < 0.001). No major complication occurred. This pilot study showed that SMA appears to be safe and effective as part or whole of the skeletal advancement surgery for moderate-to-severe OSA.


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