da Vinci® Robot-Assisted Sleep Apnea Surgery
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, most often when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. For those with sleep apnea, the brain briefly wakes them throughout their sleep so that they resume breathing. However, as a result sleep quality is poor and unrestful, resulting in daytime fatigue and many other problems.
Until now, patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea had relatively few choices in treatment. Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, breathing devices and traditional invasive surgical techniques have been used to treat sleep apnea.
A Revolutionary New Way to Treat Severe Sleep Apnea
One of the latest medical advances in sleep medicine is the use of the da Vinci® Robot-Assisted Surgical System for severe obstructive sleep apnea.
The da Vinci® robot-assisted surgery for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is revolutionary due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure. With amazing dexterity and precision, the surgeon guides the robotic arms in through the patient’s mouth rather than through the neck.
The Smarter Choice for Sleep Apnea Treatment: Middlesex Hospital
- Middlesex Hospital is the only facility in Connecticut to offer robotic surgery to treat sleep apnea.
- Middlesex Hospital is building one of the most comprehensive robot assisted surgical programs in New England, offering the following procedures:
- Sleep apnea surgery
- Prostate cancer surgery
- Gynecological surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Dr. Mark D’Agostino has helped topioneer the innovative procedure called TORS, or TransOral Robotic Surgery that will help thousands of people with sleep apnea.
- Dr. D’Agostino is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world to offer this new robotic procedure to patients.