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Beating Sleep Apnea through Robotic Surgery

September 7, 2013

Sleep apnea is more than a bad night’s sleep because it may anchor potential health problems. Obstructive sleep apnea is believed to agonize approximately 10 to 12 million American people, online media say. Sleep apnea may make a person to stop breathing for more than 30 times an hour and hold their breath up to 20 seconds at a time. There may be harmful side effects if sleep apnea is left untreated. Robotic surgery may be the answer to sleep apnea problem, according to health experts.


Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the betterment of TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS). The procedure is performed in the mouth to treat sleep apnea uses da Vinci robotic system. A high-definition 3-D magnified visualization is an important equipment that helps the surgeon to see the insides of the mouth and throat. The surgeon easily performs the operation through the patient\’s mouth. The 3-D and precise surgical cutting tools prevents damage to the surrounding areas that might swell after the surgery.


Unfortunately, there had been no medical devices and surgeries that have been proven a hundred percent effective. Death is one of the major complications that can happen to a patient.


References:

  • bvhealthsystem.org/?id=860&sid=1
  • myfoxny.com/story/21347544/robotic-surgery-could-treat-sleep-apnea
  • sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130827134751.htm
  • penn-medicine-clinical-reports.blogspot.com/2011/01/transoral-robotic-surgery-tors-for.html
  • philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/02/06/health-watch-robotic-sleep-apnea-surgery/

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