Surgical Procedures - Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
UPPP is a surgical procedure in which the excess tissue of the throat is removed to allow greater air flow through the throat. Some of those tissues include the uvula, soft palate, tonsils, adenoids, or general throat tissue. Sometimes, due to the size, part of the tongue may also be removed. This surgery is an alternative for CPAP or tracheotomy- an opening of the windpipe. There is the possibility that CPAP will be needed after surgery. UPPP is used to treat both snoring and sleep apnea. However, because it is an in-patient surgery, most doctors will choose a simpler plan when dealing with snoring alone. Obstructive sleep apnea is more commonly fixed by this procedure.
DOCTOR’s NOTE: “UPPP is the long-standing standard treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. This is a locally destructive procedure with a prolonged recovery time and risks of post-operative complications. The high rate of failure to cure snoring or sleep apnea with this procedure has led me to favor a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of these conditions.”