UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty)

what is UPPP?

Human mouth anatomyUPPP 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?

This procedure is for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Who is the ideal candidate for UPPP?

Patients who have snoring and obstructive sleep apnea who have long and floppy soft palate tissue and a long uvula will benefit greatly from this procedure with a reduction in snoring and apnea.


UPPP risks and benefits

The risks with our modern procedure are very limited. The patient will have a sore throat for about two weeks. There is no permanent change in their voice or swallowing. The patient will have a significant improvement in snoring and sleep apnea in most cases.

What can I expect during UPPP?

Patients are typically under IV sedation in our office and do not feel or remember the procedure. The procedure takes about 5 minutes. The patient typically leaves our office within 15 minutes.

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.

UPPP Recovery

A sore throat (described as a 5/10 pain level) is typical for 2 weeks. Pain is managed with Aleve and topical numbing sprays.

Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in UPPP and would like more information, contact our Austin office today! Call 512-601-0303 to schedule a consultation with ENT specialist Dr. Daniel Slaughter.

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