Chicago ENT

October 01, 2014 01:50 ET

Chicago ENT's Dr. Michael Friedman to Speak on Sleep Apnea at AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2014) - This year's 118th AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO provides learning and teaching opportunities for thousands of Academy members, physicians, health professionals, administrators, and medical equipment supply companies in a wonderful location for four days. The AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO is specifically designed for the otolaryngologist professional, head and neck surgeons, researchers, residents, and fellows. The conference offers educational tracks and informative seminars to fit the needs of the attending professional, as well as networking opportunities.

Sleep apnea affects millions of people. It is a common disorder in which the person has one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during the sleep cycle. It is a chronic condition that disrupts your sleep cycle and can affect your day with feelings of tiredness and fatigue. It may also cause weight gain or impotence. Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed because it only occurs during a person's sleep. According to Dr. Michael Friedman, an expert in the field of sleep apnea, the most common method of diagnosing the condition is through a sleep study, during which the patient is constantly monitored and observed. A sleep study can also diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is caused by the collapse or blockage of the airway during sleep. Usually this blockage is the result of the tongue relaxing and falling back into the throat. The typical treatment for OSA apnea is to use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. If that doesn't work, surgery is usually the next option.

Dr. Michael Friedman, Medical Director of Chicago ENT, presented new information on a promising new method of dealing with OSA at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Orlando. He discussed an innovative treatment for OSA that involves placing a small electrode at the base of the tongue to trigger the main nerve in the tongue and "keep it awake" while the patient sleeps. Then the electrode is connected to a battery pack in the patient's chest that can be switched off during the day. This treatment has the potential to help millions of people that can't wear a CPAP. Together with his highly competent team at of Chicago ENT, one of the top Ear, Nose, and Throat specialty centers in the country, Dr. Friedman applies state-of-the-art treatment options six days a week, and has a 24/7 staffed appointment desk. His early results showed nearly 90% success in a very selected subgroup of patients.

Michael Friedman, MD, is a highly respected otolaryngologist (Ear Nose & Throat specialist) with 42 years of practical experience. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Chicago, Illinois area, including Rush University Medical Center, where he fills the roles of Professor and Chairman of Sleep Surgery, and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Friedman is Medical Director of Chicago ENT, where he oversees a diverse group of medical professionals dedicated to providing excellent medical care. He is known nationwide for his expertise in the areas of head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, sleep disorders, and endoscopic sinus surgery.

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