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Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty - UPPP Surgery

The medical procedure comprises of tissue modification at the uvula, sense of taste and throat dividers to expand the airway size and decrease tissue collapse. It is one of the most common procedure used to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

Why UPPP is Performed?

Your doctor may suggest UPPP if you:

  • Have extra tissue in your nose, mouth, or throat that blocks your airway.
  • Don`t want to use (or cannot use) continuous positive airway pressure therapy or CPAP.
  • Do not want to have an invasive windpipe (tracheostomy) to treat sleep apnea.
  • Children are not recommended UPPP. In their case, removing the tonsils and adenoids usually cures sleep apnea.

Indications of the Sleep Apnea?

  • Breathing stops amid rest
  • Extreme daytime sluggishness
  • Trouble in concentrating
  • Morning headaches
  • Sore throat after waking up
  • Anxious sleep
  • Heaving or gagging during the evening
  • Hypertension
  • Chest pain during the evening
  • Your snoring is so loud that it's upsetting your partner's rest
  • Reduced ability to concentrate, conduct issues or poor performance in school (in case of children)

What Happens Amid the Procedure?

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgery performed to improve specific symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and wheezing. A tonsillectomy is often done in the meantime to open the affected aviation route. In a UPPP, the lower part of the palate including the uvula is trimmed. The specialist then sutures the rest of the edges of the tissue to reduce the repetitive palatal tissue. The technique takes around 60 minutes.

What Complications May Arise After the Procedure?

Complications after surgery may include:

  • Problems in swallowing.
  • The surgery impart in a nasal quality to the voice.
  • Narrowing of the airway in the nose and throat.
  • Sleepiness and episodes of apnea related to the medicines that are used to relieve pain and help you sleep.
  • 'Swelling, pain, infection, or bleeding.

Recovery Procedure

Most patients will stay at the doctor's facility for further check-up. In case no excessive bleeding or swelling occurs, the patient will be sent home the following day. Recuperation changes from patient to patient, yet most do well with simple medications. Some patients experience pain in their ears also. This is because the affected site is situated in the back of the throat, and causes pain in the ears. There might be some blood streaks in the spit for 7-10 days. The UPPP patient will have throat pain for no less than 10-14 days.

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