Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UP3) is a surgical process utilized to remove excess tissue in the throat to increase airspace. Generally, the result of this procedure permits air to travel easily through the throat, relieving snoring.
These are the throat tissues that may be removed:
- Soft palate
- Tonsils, adenoids, and pharynx
The Reason It’s Done
UP3 is seldom used and only taken into consideration in very severe snoring conditions, when other treatments have failed. The goal is to enlarge airspace and stabilize the airway.
This procedure may be performed in people who:
- Possess excess tissue in the nose, mouth, or throat that obstructs the airway.
- Fail to stop snoring after making lifestyle improvements such as reducing weight and sleeping on their sides.