what is UPPP?
UPPP is short for uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. It is a procedure that causes elevation and stiffening of the soft palate and reduction of the uvula. The modern procedure that we perform is vastly different than the procedure of the past.
Why is uPPP performed?
ideal candidate for UPPP
- Patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
- People with long and floppy soft palate tissue
- Patients with a long uvula
Our patients who receive UPPP treatment typically will have a nice reduction in their snoring and sleep apnea.
UPPP risks and benefits
The UPPP Treatment
We perform reduction of the uvula with a special low energy electric instrument. This is combined with an injection of a stiffening agent to the soft palate that stimulates the soft palate to elevate and lay down natural scar tissue. Patients are typically under IV sedation in our office and do not feel or remember the procedure. The procedure takes about 5 minutes and our patients typically leave our office within 15 minutes. This procedure is typically done along with correction of the nasal and sinus airway including balloon sinuplasty, septoplasty, and turbinate reduction.