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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.

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Noun1.uvulopalatopharyngoplasty - surgical resection of unnecessary palatal and oropharyngeal tissue to open the airway; intended to cure extreme cases of snoring (with or without sleep apnea)
surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, surgery, operation - a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body; "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available"; "he died while undergoing surgery"
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VPI is a complication that may be associated with LAUP or UPPP particularly if the resection includes the levator veli palatini muscle.
Radio frequency somnoplasty, a procedure is similar to LAUP and UPPP, but uses sound waves applied through a needle to heat the targeted tissue; this damages the tissue and eventually leads to scarring and shrinkage of the treated areas.
Pulliam says LAUP has been effective for chronic snorers (preliminary data indicates an 85 to 90 percent success rate by reducing or eliminating snoring).
It controls pain and eases discomfort, thus providing patient cooperation during the following procedures: head and neck exams, endotracheal intubation, laryngeal reconstruction, rhinoplasty, LAUP, esophageal treatment, nasal biopsy or surgery, endoscopy (throat or nasal), and stomatitis/mucositis.
He underwent LAUP surgery (Laser-Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty) which is a non-invasive technique involving removing excessive bulky tissue from the back of the throat, freeing the airway.
Prior to LAUP, Hernandez Rosales held a number of communications positions at Nissan North America, Inc.
uvulapalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): a surgical procedure similar to LAUP, but with different surgical technique.
Ayala, who previously served as chief operating officer and Interim CEO of LAUP, replaces Gary Mangiofico.
The new system, which targets day cares, builds on the LAUP model, except it uses numbers instead of stars.
Very few patients with sleep apnea were treated with LAUP.
It's one of the best investments we can make in our future, and I am excited by the progress LAUP has made in just these past six months,'' Reiner said.
The most popular LAUP technique was described by Krespi and Keidar in 1994.