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One surgical procedure for treating the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea is called a uvulectomy. Here, the soft tissue that hangs from the middle of the back of the throat is removed to reduce excessive snoring and widen the pharyngeal airway. While not a cure for sleep apnea, this form of treatment can have positive results for some patients and involves a relatively short, outpatient procedure that can be performed using just a local anesthetic. Sometimes, only a portion of the uvula is removed rather than the entire organ, and this is called a partial uvulectomy. Some pain is to be expected during the first week to ten days following a uvulectomy procedure.

For more information on this and other potential surgical methods for addressing the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, please contact our office at 407.303.4120 or fill out an appointment request form online.