New Sleep Apnoea Treatment Uses Robotic Surgery
Three-quarters of patients said they saw improvements after the surgery.
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A special type of robotic surgery could help to alleviate sleep apnoea, a researcher has discovered.Dr Ho-Sheng Lin, a fellow with the American College of Surgeons, investigated treatment using transoral robotic surgery (TORS), which is already established as a method of removing cancerous throat tumours.The researcher was able to use TORS to safely and precisely extract tissue from the back of the throat that was causing patients' airways to close and obstruct their breathing when they slept.Three-quarters of patients saw a significant improvement in their sleep apnoea, while the other 25 per cent saw at least some amelioration of their condition.Writing in the journal The Laryngoscope, Dr Lin said: 'Surgeons now have a new, safe and precise technique to add to their [sleep apnoea] treatment options.'According to the British Lung Foundation, up to four per cent of middle-aged men and two per cent of middle-aged women in the UK have symptoms of sleep apnoea, making it more common than severe asthma.View the abstract of Dr Lin's research