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a trimming back of excess palatal and pharyngeal tissue, done in order to widen the airway and relieve obstructive sleep apnea or severe snoring.


Surgical resection of unnecessary palatal and oropharyngeal tissue in selected cases of snoring, with or without sleep apnea.
[palato- + pharynx, + plastos, formed]


/uvu·lo·pal·a·to·phar·yn·go·plas·ty/ (UPPP) (u″vu-lo-pal″ah-to-fah-ring´go-plas″te) an operation performed on the soft tissues of the soft palate and pharyngeal area in the treatment of sleep apnea.


A surgical procedure for treating severe obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway at the back of the throat is widened by the removal of excess soft tissue including the uvula, tonsils, and part of the soft palate.



UPPP ENT A surgical procedure for treating obstructive sleep apnea that consists of resection of the uvula, the distal margin of the soft palate, palatine tonsils and any excessive lateral pharyngeal tissue; UPPP is successful in23 of selected cases with obstructive sleep apnea in which there is focal airway collapse, which may cause the Pts to snore. See Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty, Snore.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

An operation to remove excess tissue at the back of the throat to prevent it from closing off the airway during sleep.
Mentioned in: Sleep Apnea

uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (yōōˈ·v·lō·paˈ·l·tō·f·rinˈ·jō·plasˑ·tē),

n surgical removal of excess palatal and pharyngeal tissues to remedy severe obstructive sleep apnea believed to be caused by obstructions in the nose or pharynx.
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Long-term results of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for snoring.
The postoperative management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) following uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) once routinely included admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) for monitoring of potential respiratory complications secondary to upper airway obstruction or narcotic administration.
Site of airway collapse in obstructive sleep apnea after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.
Surgical treatment options are plentiful; they include tonsillectomy with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (tonsillectomy/UPPP), genioglossus advancement, hyoid suspension, palatal advancement or stiffening, and tracheostomy.
The study showed that the success rate of traditional palatal surgery or Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) alone is about 40% and could be substantially improved by using the Somnoplasty Base of Tongue procedure in conjunction with the UPPP procedure.
Surgical methods for treating snoring include uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), or the surgical resection of the uvula, part of the soft palate, tonsils and possibly other excess tissue in the throat.
Taste disturbances have been reported by as many as 7% of patients who have undergone laser uvuloplasty or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.
It found that TCRF energy for treatment of the soft palate produced significantly less post treatment pain than laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).
The expanded applications for Trimedyne's Holmium Laser include tonsillectomy and uvula and soft palate surgery (technically uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or "UPPP," a procedure used to prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea), as well as a variety of other ENT procedures.
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects on outcomes and morbidity of combining temperature-controlled radiofrequency (TCRF) tongue reduction with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) as an initial site-directed approach to the surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).
According to a report cited by Nelson, the uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) response rate in patients with a retrolingual narrowing or collapse, with or without a retropalatal component, is:
Less common indications for adult tonsillectomy include halitosis, chronic cryptic debris, and as an adjunct to uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.