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Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

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Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) for Sleep Apnea

What is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)?

A uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), similar to a uvulectomy, is an outpatient surgery that removes the uvula and excess soft tissue of the palate or throat when a reduction procedure does not work. The UPPP treatment helps prevent soft tissue from obstructing breathing during sleep and improves symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea by enlarging the airway. The uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery is typically done in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia and takes about an hour.

Why is UPPP performed?

A uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPP) is performed by ear, nose, and throat specialists at Sinus Center LA to treat:

  • Enlarged or elongated uvula
  • Excess soft tissue in the palate and throat
  • Loud snoring due to uvula and soft tissue vibrations

What does UPPP involve?

While a patient is under general anesthesia, the doctor will depress the tongue in order to see into the throat. Using specialized medical instruments, the doctor will then carefully trim the soft tissue at the back of the mouth and remove the uvula. In addition to the uvula, tissue removed may include the tonsils, adenoids, pharynx and/or tissue from the soft palate, depending upon a patient’s symptoms. The edges of the remaining tissue will be stitched up. Local anesthesia may also be administered to help minimize the pain post-surgery.

What are the benefits of undergoing UPPP?

Undergoing UPPP to reduce the effects of snoring or sleep apnea can result in the following benefits:

  • Continued relief from airway obstruction
  • Permanently enlarged breathing passage that increases airflow
  • Minimal discomfort that subsides 7 to 10 days after surgery
  • Significant improvement in snoring
  • Reduced or eliminated sleep apnea symptoms

If you are suffering from snoring or sleep apnea and believe you may benefit from UPPP, the first step is to consult with a sleep health expert. Ear, nose, and throat specialists at Sinus Center LA in Pacific Palisades have extensive experience in treating sleep apnea with UPPP surgery. Fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or to learn more about Sinus Center LA’s treatment options.

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