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Patients' and cohabitants' reports after snoring surgery
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
1999 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The general aim of this thesis was to evaluate the long-term effects of surgical treatment of snoring from the perspective of the patient and the cohabitant. In particular, the current snoring, daytime sleepiness and side effects have been investigated. A total of 415 (out of 457) patients operated on at a county hospital in Sweden during 1986-1992 and their 345 cohabitants have answered questionnaires, one for the patients and another one for the cohabitants.

Surgery for snoring (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty = UPPP and laseruvulopalatoplasty = LUPP) reduced the occurrence of snoring and improved 89.7% of the patients, which was confirmed by 92% cohabitants. Eighteen per cent were free from snoring, and 25 % had no daytime sleepiness. Individuals with a shorter time since surgery reported less snoring. The UPPP method had significantly better result on snoring.

Side effects from globus, regurgitation, taste, smell and voice were reported by 255 patients. Globus was most frequent, experienced by 161. These findings initiated a follow-up three years later of those who had reported side effects from taste, smell and voice (74).

The number of patients reporting these side effects had decreased. The olfactory function was improved in seven persons. Many individuals reported other side effects from different spheres which remained a long time after surgery, such as pharyngeal dryness and problems with phlegm (60%). Of them 16-20 people found them serious. The globus also remained which to our knowledge has not been reported in the literature earlier.

The majority of patients, even with side effects, were satisfied with the treatment and considered their status better or much better than before treatment. Looking back, if they had the choice again, 75% would choose surgical treatment for their snoring.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 1999. , 44 p.
Linköping Studies in Health Sciences. Thesis, ISSN 1100-6013 ; 44
, Omvårdnadsforskning vid Hälsouniversitetet i Linköping, 11
Keyword [en]
snoring, daytime sleepiness, side effecs, globus, voice, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, laseruvulopalatoplasty
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27567Local ID: 12229ISBN: 91-7219-568-1OAI: diva2:248119

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