Nasal surgery improves quality of life in apnoea

Nasal surgery can help to remove airway obstructions and improve quality of life in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), suggest Taiwanese research findings.

Blockage of the nasal passage is common in OSA patients and contributes to poor sleep and tiredness in the daytime.

Fifty one OSA patients, aged 23 to 59, who had symptoms of nasal obstruction lasting for at least six months underwent surgery. This involved resection of the bowed septum and excision of the lateral part of the inferior turbinate.

Patients completed questionnaires on symptoms, sleepiness, snoring and overall quality of life before and three months after the surgery.

This showed that 98 per cent reported improved nasal breathing after surgery. A further 43 per cent of patients reported less snoring and 27 per cent less sleepiness.

Improvements in overall physical health were reported by 20 per cent of patients and mental health by 15 per cent after surgery.

Researchers from Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei concluded that 'correction of an obstructed nasal airway improves quality of life in adult patients with OSA who also have nasal obstruction symptoms.'

Arch Otolaryngol head Neck Surg 2008

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