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Uvulopalatopharyngioplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure designed to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by removing or modifying tissues in the upper airway that is mainly throat.


  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): UPPP is often recommended for individuals with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who haven't responded well to other treatments.
  • Chronic Snoring: It may also be considered for individuals who snore loudly but do not have sleep apnea.


Anesthesia: UPPP is usually performed under general anesthesia, meaning the patient is completely asleep and feels no pain during the procedure.

Surgical Procedure

  • Uvula: The uvula, the small, fleshy piece hanging down at the back of the throat, may be partially or completely removed by radiofrequency or blade.
  • Soft Palate: A portion of the soft palate at the back of the mouth may be trimmed or repositioned to increase the size of the airway.
  • Tonsillectomy: Both tonsils are removed and the  anterior and posterior pillars are sutured.
  • Pharyngeal Wall Modification: The surgeon may perform additional procedures to modify the pharyngeal walls, such as removing excess tissue or tightening the muscles.
  • Sutures and Healing: The surgeon uses dissolvable sutures to close the incisions. The goal is to create a wider airway passage to reduce snoring and alleviate obstruction during sleep.

Postoperative Care:

  • Pain Management: Patients may experience some throat pain or discomfort after the surgery. Pain medication and throat lozenges may be prescribed to manage discomfort.
  • Diet: A soft and cold diet may be recommended initially to avoid irritation to the surgical site.
  • Follow-up Appointments: Follow-up appointments with the surgeon are typically scheduled to monitor healing and address any concerns.

Risks and Considerations:

  • Pain and Discomfort: Throat pain and discomfort are common in the initial days following the surgery.
  • Swelling: Swelling may occur, affecting swallowing and speech temporarily.
  • Changes in Voice: Some individuals may experience changes in their voice, particularly if the uvula has been removed.
  • Bleeding and Infection: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of bleeding or infection.
  • Efficacy: While UPPP can be effective in reducing snoring and improving sleep apnea symptoms, its success can vary among individuals.

Alternative Sleep APNOEA  Treatments:

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): CPAP therapy involves wearing a mask over the nose or nose and mouth during sleep, delivering a continuous stream of air to keep the airway open.

Oral Appliances: These devices are designed to reposition the tongue or jaw to prevent airway obstruction during sleep.

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