Purpose Upper airway stimulation (UAS) is an alternative second-line treatment option for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In our substudy of a previous multicentre study of patients implanted with UAS, we focused on patient-related outcomes like Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), the Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire (FOSQ), snoring and personal satisfaction 6 and 12 months after the implantation. Methods 60 patients, who were initially non-adherent to CPAP and implanted with UAS, were included in a prospective multicentre study. Data were collected preoperative, 6 and 12 months after implantation regarding FOSQ, ESS, snoring, and their experience with the UAS device. Results Besides relevant Apnoea–Hypopnea Index (AHI) reduction, we saw significant improvements in ESS (p < 0.001), FOSQ (p < 0.001) and snoring under UAS therapy. A strong correlation between AHI results postoperative and the personal satisfaction of the patients after implantation was found as well as between usage results and AHI compared to the preop- erative results. Conclusion The more the patients benefit from UAS according to their self-reported outcome, the higher is the therapy use. Keywords Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) · CPAP failure · Upper airway stimulation (UAS) Introduction examination of the patients and needs to be evaluated from case to case.
European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology – Springer Journals
Published: May 28, 2018
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