A recent study performed at Massachusetts General Hospital confirms the cost-effectiveness of nasal surgery to increase continuous positive airway pressure(CPAP) adherence in patients with nasal obstruction. The study was reported in the September 2016 issue of The Laryngoscope.
For patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea(OSA), the recommended treatment is often CPAP, which delivers air through a mask that covers the nose. Many patients are unable to tolerate CPAP treatment, often because of nasal obstruction. Long term nasal obstruction is usually caused by a deviated nasal septum and/or turbinate hypertrophy. Other causes include nasal polyps and allergy.
The study demonstrated that surgical treatment of nasal obstruction is a cost effective method to improve CPAP compliance.
If you have been diagnosed with OSA, and have difficulty tolerating CPAP, schedule an appointment with the ear, nose and throat specialists at Great Neck ENT.