What is genioglossus advancement?
The genioglossus is the primary muscle inside the tongue, which controls a person’s tongue movement. In certain people, the tongue is positioned in a way that obstructs the airway, sometimes causing snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). To correct this, a treatment called genioglossus advancement pulls the tongue muscle forward, permanently repositioning it. This causes an expansion of the airway and increased air flow to the body. The procedure can be performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). Both of these medical procedures are performed by ear, nose and throat specialists, such as New York ENT.
Why is genioglossus advancement performed?
Genioglossus advancement surgery can provide relief from the following medical conditions:
- Limp or weak tongue muscles
- Oversized tongue
- Sleep apnea that is caused by weak tongue muscles or an oversized tongue
What does genioglossus advancement involve?
Doctors with New York ENT perform genioglossus advancement surgery using general anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The patient will be comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.
During the surgery, an ENT specialist will make an incision in the lower lip. The central part of the lower jaw is exposed and your doctor will carefully make a small rectangular window through the lower jaw, which is attached to the genioglossus muscle. The small rectangle is then pulled forward, and is secured in the new position.
After the procedure, your doctor will close the incision with stitches. Patients are generally kept for a couple of days following the procedure to monitor.
What are the advantages of genioglossus advancement?
Benefits of genioglossus advancement treatment include:
- Long-term snoring improvement
- Lessened OSA symptoms
- Minimal recovery time
- Loss of airway obstruction during sleep
- Minimal pain after surgery
If you are suffering from OSA or snoring and believe you may benefit from genioglossus advancement, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience treating a variety of sleep disorders. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.