Hyoid myotomy and suspension
For obstructive sleep apnea patients who don’t tolerate their CPAP (air mask to aid breathing while sleeping), surgery may be a good option. By evaluating the airway from the nose down to the lungs, your surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for a hyoid myotomy and suspension, which involves pulling forward the hyoid bone to prevent the base of the tongue collapse while sleeping.
The hyoid bone is found above the cartilage in your throat known as the Adam’s apple. In hyoid myotomy and suspension, the hyoid bone is advanced forward and secured to the jaw bone or mandible. This helps stabilize this section of the airway to re-establish airflow.