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August 1990

Suction-Assisted Lipectomy in the Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (Drs Fedok and Houck) and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Dr Manders), Department of Surgery, University Hospital, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Pa.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116(8):968-970. doi:10.1001/archotol.1990.01870080090023

• Suction-assisted lipectomy is a valuable method of aesthetic recontouring of the neck. We report the successful use of suction-assisted lipectomy as an adjunctive procedure at the time of tracheostomy in the treatment of obese patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea. This functional procedure helps to maintain tracheostomy patency during sleep.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116:968-970)

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