In sleep surgery for OSA, complications likelier in the elderly

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  • Patients aged ≥65 y who are having sleep surgery for obstructive sleep apnea have a little higher complication risk compared with younger patients, but the complication rate is still quite low.

Why this matters  

  • Sleep surgery for these patients seems to be safe overall.

Key results 

  • The older patients had more wound complications, urinary tract infections.
  • Being ≥65 y was associated with complications risk (OR, 2.35).
  • Tracheostomy and maxillomandibular advancement were also associated with increased complication risk.