UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty)

what is UPPP?

UPPP | Sleep Apnea Treatment | Snoring Treatment Austin TXUPPP 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.

ideal candidate for UPPP

Patients with the following conditions can benefit greatly from 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.

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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.

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.

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 office at 512.601.0303 to schedule a consultation with ENT specialist Dr. Daniel Slaughter.

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