SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – It’s estimated 10 to 12 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, when the airway is blocked during sleep. The condition can lead to all sorts of health problems. Now a new robotic surgery could be the solution.
Judy Oderwald finally has the energy to read without falling asleep.
“Now when I go to bed, I have to fight to go to sleep. The other times I would hit the pillow and that would be it,” described Oderwald.

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The Osgood File. Sponsored in part by Auto Owners Insurance, the No Problem People. Visit AutoOwners.Com. This is Charles Osgood.

If your sleep is interrupted several times a night by a crying baby, a barking dog or anything – you know that you’ll be tired all day the next day.

Well, for Judy Oderwald, it was like that all the time, says our CBS News colleague Manuel Gallegus.

VO – Manuel Gallegus, CBS News Correspondent
“Oderwald was always tired – because, like millions of Americans, she suffered from obstructive sleep apnea. Her airway closed up during sleep, causing her to snore and to stop breathing hundreds of times each night.” (:12)

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New Studies Confirm Safety, Effectiveness of Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology for
Chronic Sinusitis
Patients show significant improvement through 2-year follow-up

MENLO PARK, CA – September 22, 2008 – Two multicenter studies published this week in
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery confirm Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology is safe and
effective when used by physicians to treat chronic sinusitis patients.

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