rested gal, wow my hands are tired just looking at that post. Great links. I read the pro and con articles. My favorite excerpts:
On describing uppp outcomes Dr. Phillips writes:
Another typical example of a surgical report on the effectiveness of UPPP for sleep apnea is a report of death rates for veterans with sleep apnea who were treated with a variety of self-selected measures in
which the authors conclude “UPPP confers a survival advantage
over CPAP….”. In the same abstract, the authors admit, “However,
we were unable to adjust for sleep apnea severity or CPAP
use.” Since very few ethical surgeons perform UPPP on patients with anything other than very mild apnea or heavy snoring, this
statement is somewhat like reiterating the clinical truism that sicker patients are more likely to die!
OWWWWWWW!! That stings!!!
And this was something I didn't realize:
For example, the Sleep Heart Health Study demonstrated that
most of the increase in the adverse cardiac sequellae of SDB
occurs between AHI’s of 0 and 10 events/hour.
Can't wait to use my 420e to determine this.
Thanks for the great post,