The hyoid bone is located above the Adam’s apple in the neck, and is attached to muscles of the tongue and other soft tissues in the throat. This bone moves around, and this mobility may allow the area to collapse and cause airway blockage during sleep. This procedure is performed for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Its purpose is to secure the hyoid bone to the thyroid cartilage stabilizing this area of the airway. A small skin incision is made in the skin crease of the neck. Stitches are then placed around the hyoid bone and the upper part of the thyroid cartilage. The incision is then closed.
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