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Robotic Surgery for Sleep Apnea

For people struggling with sleep apnea, sleep often seems like an insurmountable obstacle; instead of the refreshing and re-energizing interlude it is supposed to be, it leaves them fatigued and damages their overall health.

Dr. Paul T. Hoff, an ear, nose and throat surgeon with Michigan Otolaryngology Surgery Associates and the University of Michigan, is offering high-tech solutions to sleep apnea.


Does this look familiar? Are you looking for an alternative to CPAP? TORS may be the answer.
In fact, he is one of the first physicians to offer Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and has the largest experience in North America. He is also one of the first in the State to offer the Inspire nerve stimulator.

"TORS" and Inspire expand the surgical options for the treatment of sleep apnea. TORS provides state-of-the-art 3-D imaging providing the surgeon with unparalleled visualization of the operative field and the ability to safely remove obstructive tissue from behind the tongue. Inspire activates the “floppy”tongue and palate muscle during sleep preventing obstruction.

For patients who have attempted to utilize continuous positive airflow but cannot cope with wearing a mask at night, TORS or Inspire could be a solution. Dr. Hoff is part of the St. Joseph Mercy Comprehensive Sleep Disorder Center and University of Michigan alternatives to CPAP clinic which offer a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of sleep apnea.

A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Hoff practices general otolaryngology, with a special emphasis on treating sleep apnea and cancer of the head and neck. In addition to treating patients, he is the Section Head of Otolaryngology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor and past-President of the Michigan Otolaryngology Society. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in obstructive sleep apnea.


Snorers: Robotic surgery deemed safe. Can it help?

By Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press

Trouble sleeping? Chain-saw snoring threatening your relationships?

A robotic surgery has been deemed safe and effective for the removal of soft tissue in the mouth and throat.

That's the tissue that can collapse during sleeping, closing off the airways and preventing the sleeper — struggling for breath — from falling into a deep, rejuvenating slumber, said St. Joseph Mercy Health System's Dr. Paul Hoff who led a nearly-four year clinical trial examining the procedure. more »