Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure used to remove excess tissue in the throat and increase tone to widen the airway. This allows air to move through the throat more easily when you breathe, reducing snoring and sleep apnea episodes. UPPP is only considered in cases of very severe snoring and sleep apnea, particularly when other treatments have failed and lifestyle changes such as losing weight have not improved symptoms.
The modified UPPP procedure at ENT of Georgia South is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center or hospital. It involves the surgeon carefully removing tissues from the throat area using special medical instruments. Depending on your symptoms, tissues removed may include the uvula (the small, finger-shaped piece of tissue that hangs in the back of your throat), soft palate tissues on the roof of the mouth, excess throat tissue, the tonsils, adenoids or the pharynx. Local anesthesia may also be administered to help minimize post-surgery pain.
What are the
Advantages of UPPP?
- Permanently enlarges breathing passage to increase airflow and prevent obstruction
- Significant, long-term improvement of snoring and sleep apnea symptoms for a majority of patients
What results can I expect from UPPP?
UPPP is often effective at reducing snoring initially. Over the long term, it cures snoring in 46% to 73% of those who have had this surgery. The recovery period is typically two weeks.
Take the first step towards a better night’s sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. Make an appointment at ENT of Georgia South for an evaluation today.