Robotic Surgery for Sleep Apnea
February 15, 2016
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep because of obstructions in the upper airway.
When patients develop OSA, treatment can range from lifestyle changes, to using devices such as the continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) and finally surgery. In a recent news video on Time Warner Cable News, Dr. Matthew Meigs, ARC Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist, discussed one patient’s treatment for OSA.
The patient, Wilson Gonzalez, tried CPAP with no luck. Dr. Meigs commented, “The things that are less invasive tend to be less effective.” Dr. Meigs went on to treat Mr. Gonzalez using the da Vinci® Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for sleep apnea.
This surgery is well-suited to working in the throat because of the precision of the robotic arms. Dr. Meigs explains “The robot really helps because can see through the 3D camera in the throat and the instruments are very precise.” Today, Mr. Gonzalez is enjoying an improved quality of life; thank to Dr. Meigs and the da Vinci® TORS surgery.
Dr. Meigs, who practices at ARC Round Rock, is currently the only surgeon in the region trained to perform the da Vinci® Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for sleep apnea.