Jefferson University Hospitals

Genioglossus Advancement

For the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, genioglossus advancement can be performed. The goal of this surgery is to try to enlarge the airway so that you can breathe easier while sleeping. Sleep medicine specialists at Jefferson will work in conjunction with our otolaryngologists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons to evaluate your condition before and after the procedure has been performed.

What Does Genioglossus Advancement Involve?

The tongue is attached to the front part of the jaw. As a result, if a small portion of the jawbone is advanced forward, it can pull the tongue forward to prevent it from collapsing during sleep. During genioglossus advancement, an incision is made inside the lower lip (there is no external incision) and a plate is placed on the lower jaw to stabilize the segment of bone that has been advanced.

This procedure is often done in conjunction with palate procedures and typically involves observation in the hospital at least overnight.