In cases where patients struggling with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have failed to find relief using other means, surgical intervention may be the best solution. In many cases, pauses in breathing, referred to as apneas, are caused by the collapse of the soft tissues in the back of the throat. Sleep apnea surgery – or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) – can widen the airway and effectively treat this concern. At Oral Surgery Associates in Monroe, LA, our doctors can evaluate your unique needs and will work to restore your health using the most conservative methods available.
UPPP surgery is designed to remove excess tissue and widen the airway.
The Benefits of Sleep Apnea Surgery
If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea may impact your well-being, quality of life, and even lifespan. Our practice specializes in comprehensive sleep apnea treatments that offer relief from disruptive sleep and its serious effects. Sleep apnea surgery offers significant advantages. For example, this procedure can:
- Effectively widen the airways
- Reduce vibration of the soft tissues
- Prevent loud snoring
- Eliminate excess tissue in the back of the throat
- Reduce or eliminate an elongated uvula
Who Should Consider the Treatment?
You may be eligible for this treatment if:
- Portions of the airway are blocked during sleep
- Weight loss, an oral appliance, or other treatments have been unsuccessful
- You have difficulty using a CPAP device
At Oral Surgery Associates, one of our doctors can provide a thorough examination to determine if you are a good candidate for sleep apnea surgery. With state-of-the-art technology and the most innovative tests and digital imaging, our team will provide an effective assessment of your disorders and sleep patterns.
What Happens during UPPP Surgery?
UPPP is a surgical procedure in which the upper airways are opened and excess tissue in the throat is removed. It was originally developed to reduce habitual or loud snoring and is currently the most common surgery performed for adults with obstructive sleep apnea.
In cases where patients struggling with obstructive sleep apnea have failed to find relief using other means, surgical intervention may be the best solution.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty typically requires an overnight hospital stay. To begin, we will provide IV sedation under the supervision of a certified nurse anesthetist for the comfort of the patient.
The general steps of this procedure include:
- The tonsils and adenoids are typically removed
- The uvula is trimmed or removed
- The soft palate and sides of the throat are modified
- The doctor then closes all the incisions with sutures
Healing and Recovery
Following UPPP surgery, patients might experience some temporary side effects, such as a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. A full recovery usually takes between two and three weeks. Several months after treatment, the majority of patients are experiencing a full and restful night's sleep.
Contact Oral Surgery Associates
The doctors at Oral Surgery Associates are committed to improving sleep apnea patients' quality of life and have been serving the community for over 20 years. To learn more about your treatment options, reach out to us online or by calling (318) 388-2621.