The Sleep Surgery subspecialty in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery focuses on treating patients with sleep disordered breathing, including snoring and various degrees of obstructive sleep apnea. The department’s expert surgeons provide comprehensive evaluations to provide patients state-of-the-art treatment options, often helping patients who are not sufficiently treated with positive-pressure therapy find alternative solutions. Common options for patients include office-based procedures for snoring, oral appliance therapy, nasal surgery, a variety of novel throat surgeries and upper airway stimulation surgery.
The subspecialty boasts Indiana’s first and only multi-disciplinary program for upper airway stimulation, co-directed by Noah Parker, MD and Shalini Manchanda, MD. Many dozens of patients with obstructive sleep apnea have now been successfully implanted with the FDA-approved upper airway stimulation device—from a company called Inspire—under the care of this successful team of physicians at IU School of Medicine.
The Upper Airway Stimulation Program is one of a select few in the world selected to participate in the Adhere registry program, which aims to study the outcomes for patients following upper airway stimulation and to improve delivery and care for patients with sleep apnea. The program was named a "Center of Excellence" in 2019, one of only 19 programs in the world to receive this designation based on clinical outcomes, research and leadership.
Clinical services include:
- Office endoscopy
- Sleep study
- Sleep endoscopy
- Surgical treatment of nasal obstruction – Turbinoplasty, septoplasty, functional rhinoplasty
- Office-based procedures – Injection snoreplasty, Suture snoreplasty, RF treatment
- Tonsillectomy and other palatal surgeries
- Hyoid myotomy and suspension sleep apnea surgical procedures
- Upper Airway Stimulation
- Oral appliance therapy