Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (Snoring treatment)

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (Snoring treatment)

Risks

Complications at the time of surgery include accidental injury to adjacent blood vessels or tissues.

Complications after surgery may include:

  • Severe pain, swelling, infection, and bleeding.
  • Difficulty swallowing and sore throat.
  • Drowsiness and times of sleep apnea (both linked to the effects of anesthesia).
  • Speech problems like a nasal quality to the voice.
  • Changes in how food tastes.

The Procedure

UP3 is done under general anesthesia. A self-retaining mouth gag is placed with care to protect the teeth and tongue.

Your surgeon will evaluate your throat to determine the features contributing to narrowing: tonsils, redundant uvula or tonsillar pillars, etc.

Your surgeon will then perform tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils). This procedure may be performed last by your surgeon.

Your surgeon will then surgically trim off excess, loose or floppy tissue along the lower soft margin of the palate. The uvula is partially or completely removed.

 

Finally, your surgeon will close the incision wound and throat is irrigated and suctioned to remove the accumulated blood and fluid.

The mouth gag is then removed, and the teeth and tongue are examined for any injury.

The shape or appearance of the palate after healing is generally quite different because there is no longer a uvula dangling down the center, but instead, there is a usually smooth curved arc across the palate. Also, it looks significantly shorter.

It is obligatory for you to stay overnight in the hospital.

This procedure in general reduces the rate of apneic episodes in half. So you may still end up needing other forms of treatment. A sleep study is conducted around 3 months after surgery to evaluate the results of the surgery.