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Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

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Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (sometimes referred to as UP3) is one of the most common surgical procedures to address severe obstructive sleep apnea. Here, excess tissue in the mouth and throat is removed to widen the airway and improve a patient’s ability to breathe while sleeping.  The procedure is not typically combined with other sleep apnea surgeries, but can involve several weeks of recovery time. It involves shortening the uvula (which is the tissue that hangs from the back of the mouth), removing tonsils and adenoids and reducing part of the soft palate.

Those who suffer from severe, obstructive sleep apnea but are NOT obese are generally better candidates for this surgery. Several weeks of recovery time are required following the procedure, and patients can expect extreme soreness in their throat for at least the first full week of that time.

At Florida ENT Surgical Specialists, our medical team can advise you of your best surgical options to address obstructive sleep apnea, including UP3 and potentially less invasive techniques as well. Contact us at 407.303.4120 to arrange a consult, or fill out our online appointment request form here.