UPPP/ LAUP (Laser-Assisted Uvuloplasty)
Radio Frequency (RF) Uvuloplasty
UVULOPALATOPHARYNGOPLASTY (UPPP) is an operation to improve certain sleep disorder symptoms such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Because there may be several causes occurring at the same time, this procedure may only give partial relief depending on the relative importance of palate and uvula size. The success rate in treating apnea cases has been reported to be greater than 50%, and the expectation for snoring improvement may be greater than 70%. The most common complications include bleeding after surgery, infection, and temporary airway obstruction due to post operative swelling. Occasionally patients with severe obstruction or added risk due to obesity may require a temporary tracheostomy. Some patients also have complaints due to an inability of a shortened palate to make contact with the back of the throat. This may cause some nasal regurgitation and a hyponasal or hollow-sounding voice. The opposite effect due to narrowing of the space behind the nose (nasopharynx) is even less likely. Finally, in very rare instances, disturbances in the sense of taste or loss of taste in one side of the tongue may take place. LAUP (LASER-ASSISTED UVULOPLASTY) is a similar but simpler operation performed with a laser beam. It is usually an office procedure carried out under local anesthesia. It is quite effective in the control of snoring and to a lesser extent, sleep apnea. The complications are similar to UPPP, however, the risks of obstruction and tracheostomy are practically inexistent.
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This page was last updated: August 1, 2012
Bechara Y. Ghorayeb, MD
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Memorial Hermann Professional Building
1140 Business Center Drive, Suite 560
Houston, Texas 77043
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