Enlarging airway opening helps reduce vibration during snoring

UPPP is a surgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The procedure involves enlarging the airway opening by removing excess tissue in the mouth, including both tonsils, the uvula (which hangs down in back of throat), and pieces of the soft palate on the roof of the mouth. Having the surgery helps minimize vibration when snoring. UPPP may be recommended for people who have OSA caused by excessive tissue blocking the airway. It can also helpful for people who are unable or unwilling to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, or if the CPAP is not working for them.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a surgical procedure performed in the hospital and requiring general anesthesia, meaning you’ll be asleep throughout and won’t feel anything. After your surgery, you will have a sore throat for several weeks and may experience difficulty swallowing. Some patients have speech problems at first or experience a nasal tone to the voice. There will also be some scabbing at the back of the throat.

Your doctor will provide guidance on eating and drinking after your surgery, and will advise you to keep an eye out for any signs of infection, swelling or pain that doesn’t go away after a few weeks.

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