What Is UPPP?
UPPP is short for uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, a procedure that causes elevation and stiffening of the soft palate and reduction of the uvula. The modern Soft Palate Tightening procedure that we perform is vastly different than the procedures of the past.
Why Is UPPP Performed?
This procedure is for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep problems.
Ideal Candidate For UPPP
Patients with the following conditions can benefit greatly from UPPP:
- Patients with snoring and obstructive sleep problems
- People with long and floppy soft palate tissue
- Patients with a long uvula
Our patients who receive UPPP treatment find to have a reduction in their snoring and sleep apnea.
Soft Palate Tightening (UPPP) Overview
An Animated Look
This video depicts an animated simulation of the Soft Palate Tightening (UPPP) procedure under optimal conditions.
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.
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.
A sore throat (described as a 5/10 pain level) is typical for 2 weeks. Pain is managed with Aleve and topical numbing sprays.