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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]


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
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Predictive factors of immediate postoperative complications after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Laryngoscope 2005;115(10):1837-40.
Surgical management of velopharyngeal insufficiency following uvulopalatopharyngoplasty: Report of three cases.
Comparison between short-term and long-term post-operative evaluation of sleep apnoea after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. J Laryngol Otol 1995;109:308-12.
Roth, "Surgical correction of anatomic abnormalities in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty," Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, vol.
In this procedure, we removed the lateral part of the base of tongue in addition to the steps of classical uvulopalatopharyngoplasty with electric cautery and sutured the raw area with 3-0 vicryl sutures.
Predictive value of Muller maneuver in selection of patients for uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Laryngoscope.
In severe or recalcitrant cases, surgical intervention (that is, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty) may be needed.
Surgical procedures include nasal airway repair (functional septorhinoplasty), retro-palatal airway repair (e.g., uvulopalatopharyngoplasty), and maxilla and/or mandibular repair (e.g., anterior horizontal mandibular osteotomy, maxillo-mandibular advancement) (Colin & Duval, 2005; Powers et al., 2010).
The most common form of surgery for OSA is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and the success rate for UPPP is estimated to be approximately 50 percent.
The types of pharyngeal surgery included were tonsillectomy (T), adenoidectomy (A), adenotonsillectomy (T&A), uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), and laser assisted uvuloplasty (LAUP).