Practice parameters for the use of laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty

M. Thorpy, A. Chesson, S. Derderian, G. Kader, R. Millman, S. Potolicchio, M. Reite, G. Rosen, P. J. Strollo, V. Wooten

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Abstract

This paper, which has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors of the American Sleep Disorders Association, provides the background for the Standards of Practice Committee's practice parameters for the practice of sleep medicine in North America. An office-based surgical procedure, laser- assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP), has recently been promoted as a treatment for snoring. The American Sleep Disorders Association's Standards of Practice Committee reviewed the medical literature and developed practice parameters for the use of this operation. Adequate controlled studies regarding LAUP were not found in peer-reviewed journals; therefore, patients should be informed that the risks, benefits, and complications of this procedure have not been established. Because inadequate validation studies exist, prudence dictates that patients who elect this procedure undergo appropriate preoperative evaluation and postoperative follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-748
Number of pages5
JournalSleep
Volume17
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Laser surgery
  • Polysomnography
  • Practice guidelines
  • Sleep
  • Sleep apnea syndromes
  • Sleep disorders
  • Snoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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