cowboy1964 wrote:If UPPP does change voice tone, in what way usually? Does it make the voice higher, lower, or what?
Are there any UPPP statistics out there as far as complication rates?
Haven't come accross any.
Problem with any surgical procedure for OSA is that once a follow up polysomnogram is completed and the patient's AHI is reduced by 50% or better it is marked down as a surgical success. Case closed. In the event of failure the patient usually reverts to a sleep specialist with a respiratory background for treatment.
Surgery is seen as a 'cure', so once its over, that's it. Unfortunately there is often a 'bounce' effect which subsequently reverts to the pre surgery state, so effective statistics are not maintained.
IMHO I believe that the 50% improvement in 50% of cases statistic usually quoted is not accurate and the real figure is substantially lower, as there are no reliable stats for success after 2 years. With regard to side effects.........I believe quite a few are not reported back to the surgeon and it is often left to the sleep specialist (as distinct from the ENT) to pick up the pieces.