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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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Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty in 158 OSAS patients failing non-surgical treatment.
Strunk uses MiFusion ENTceps exclusively for tonsillectomies and also uses the device to perform uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) combined with tonsillectomy for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who aren't helped enough with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or need additional surgery to make CPAP work better.
REVIEW OF SELECT DISEASE CONDITIONS REQUIRING RESPIRATORY CARE II-45 Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) II-45 Sleep Apnea: Widely Prevalent Sleep Disorder II-45 Multi-Channel Recording Systems to Detect Breathing Ailments II-45 Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): The Most Common Surgical Procedure Used in the Treatment of O SA II-45 Alternative Therapeutic Procedures for Sleep Apnea II-46 Surgical treatment II-46 Self-Titrating Devices: Offer Greater Degree of Comfort II-46 Asthma II-47 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease II-47 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome II-47 ARDS Fact Sheet II-48 Muscular Degenerative Disease II-48 Spinal Cord Injury II-48 Pneumonia II-48 Pneumonia Fact Sheet II-49 Cystic Fibrosis Fact Sheet II-49 8.
The procedures assessed in the studies included uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP); laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty; radiofrequency ablation; and various combinations of pharyngoplasty, tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, genioglossal advancement septoplasty, ablation of the nasal turbinates, and other nasal surgeries.
We conducted a study to evaluate the effectiveness of pharyngeal suspension suture procedures in conjunction with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) as a multilevel treatment for OSA.
Lateral X-ray cephalometry has also been evaluated as a tool to predict the postoperative results of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), either alone or in combination with other approaches (23), being considered a standard test in the preoperative evaluation of the craniofacial skeletal anatomy before maxillomandibular advancement surgery (24); however, the predictive value of X-ray cephalometry for UPPP remains questionable (25).
Studies of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty have also demonstrated insufficient efficacy for these operations to serve as sole therapy for OSA.
One option - called Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) involves removal of a piece of throat tissue, partial removal of the soft palate and sometimes the tonsils;
He underwent uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and tonsillectomy and a nasal surgery with ethmoid polyp resection.
Surgical treatment options include tracheostomy, mandibular osteotomy with genioglossus or inferior border advancement, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), laser-assisted uvuloplasty (LAUP), reduction glossectomy, internal and external nasal reconstruction, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, and advancement of the upper and lower jaws.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Acoustic pharyngometry (EccovisionTM Acoustic Pharyngometer); SNAPTM Testing System; CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea; Noninvasive Positive Pressure/Bi- PAP; Oral Appliances for Snoring; Palatal implants/Pillar Procedure for OSA; Osteotomy (maxillary, mandibular) for sleep apnea; Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and palatopharyngoplasty (PPP); Laser Assisted Uvulopharyngoplasty (LAUP); Sleep apnea; Weight reduction surgery for OSA; Referral indications for sleep lab evaluation;
The most common surgical procedure for OSA is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).