Complications associated with surgical treatment of sleep-disordered breathing among hospitalized U.S. adults

Hind A. Beydoun, May A. Beydoun, Hong Cheng, Anjum Khan, Shaker M. Eid, Carolina Alvarez-Garriga, Colin Anderson-Smits, Alan B. Zonderman, Danica Marinac-Dabic

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The purpose of this cross-sectional study is to examine the relationship between surgical treatments for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and composite measure of surgical complications in a nationally representative sample of hospital discharges among U.S. adults. We performed secondary analyses of 33,679 hospital discharges from the 2002–2012 Nationwide Inpatient Sample that corresponded to U.S. adults (≥18 years) who were free of head-and-neck neoplasms, were diagnosed with SDB and had undergone at least one of seven procedures. Multivariate logistic regression models were constructed to estimate adjusted odds ratios (aOR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI), controlling for age, sex, race/ethnicity, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and obesity diagnoses. Positive associations were found between composite measure of surgical complications and specific procedures: palatal procedure (aOR = 12.69, 95% CI: 11.91,13.53), nasal surgery (aOR = 6.47, 95% CI: 5.99,6.99), transoral robotic assist (aOR = 5.06, 95% CI: 4.34–5.88), tongue base/hypopharynx (aOR = 4.24, 95% CI: 3.88,4.62), maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) (aOR = 3.24, 95% CI: 2.74,3.84), supraglottoplasty (aOR = 2.75, 95% CI: 1.81,4.19). By contrast, a negative association was found between composite measures of surgical complications and tracheostomy (aOR = 0.033, 95% CI: 0.031,0.035). In conclusion, most procedures for SDB, except tracheostomy, were positively associated with complications, whereby palatal procedures exhibited the strongest and supraglottoplasty exhibited the weakest association.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1303-1312
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Complication
  • Morbidity
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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