Barbed pharyngoplasty for snoring: does it meet the expectations? a systematic review
Obstructive sleep apnea
Barbed sutures
Barbed pharyngoplasty
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Moffa, A.; Giorgi, L.; Carnuccio, L.; et al. "Barbed pharyngoplasty for snoring: does it meet the expectations? a systematic review". Healthcare. 11 (3), 2023, 435
To date, the use of barbed sutures for the surgical management of patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and snoring with retropalatal collapse and vibration has significantly increased. A systematic review was carried out, which included clinical studies that used barbed sutures for the treatment of snoring. A qualitative analysis, including six clinical studies, was conducted. Of these, five were studies on barbed pharyngoplasties, and one study involved a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The population consisted of 176 patients, aged 26 to 58 years old. Overall, the included studies showed a mean gain in the snoring Visual Analog Scale of 5.67 +/- 1.88, with a mean preoperative value of 8.35 +/- 1.17 and a postoperative value of 2.68 +/- 1.27. No major complications were described. Given the lack and heterogeneity of this evidence, the conclusion calls for being cautious. In carefully selected snorers and obstructive sleep apnea patients, the use of barbed sutures could represent a valid therapeutic strategy for snoring, ensuring a statistically significant improvement in the subjective parameters. Further studies on a larger scale that assess the role of barbed pharyngoplasties in snoring surgery and more extended follow-up studies are needed in order to confirm these promising results.

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