Hyoid Myotomy & Suspension


Hyoid Myotomy Suspension (HMS) - Contemporary Management of Sleep-Disordered Breathing

This is designed to further stabilize the airway behind the back of the tongue. The hyoid is a horseshoe shaped bone in the neck where the tongue muscles attach. If the hyoid bone is pulled forward in front of the voice box, it can help stabilize the airway space behind the tongue. This procedure may be done in conjunction with the genioglossus tongue advancements or done as an isolated procedure.

It is a minor procedure and like the genioglossus can be done without the use of a general anesthetic.


Hyoid First!

The Hyoid First™ approach to treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was first introduced by Dr. Michael Abidin as a means to dramatically reduce the invasiveness and sometimes arduous recovery that is typically associated with sleep surgeries such as the uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), while improving the efficacy of treatment overall. By offering the hyoid suspension as the first line of surgical treatment for sleep apnea we have been able to more than double the efficiency of the UPPP, while sparing them the pain and lengthy recovery. The procedure is minimally invasive, adjustable, reversible, and begins working right away! If you have sleep apnea, then the hyoid suspension may be the treatment you’re looking for. Call our office today to book an appointment for your sleep apnea evaluation and see if Hyoid First™ is right for you!

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