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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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This rate is as good as that of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and other surgical therapies, which cost thousands of dollars, are painful, and involve days of convalescence.
Our proprietary technology, called "Tissue Welding," allows surgeons to simultaneously seal and divide soft tissue in a number of otolaryngologic procedures, including tonsillectomy, thyroidectomy, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, and parotidectomy.
We retrospectively reviewed the outcomes of 40 patients who had undergone outpatient uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) for the treatment of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in order to determine the safety of the procedure in an outpatient setting.
However, if the physician's practice includes other procedures that can be performed with such equipment--such as facial resurfacing, laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, tonsillar ablation, myringotomy, and soft-tissue lesion excision, ablation, and vaporization--the laser can be a solid source of revenue.
According to most studies, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which addresses only the retropalatal area, is successful in approximately 50% of cases.
We conducted a study to determine if the risk of airway compromise following tonsillectomy with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty justifies the added cost and inconvenience of step-down monitoring in an intensive care unit.
Taste disturbances have been reported by as many as 7% of patients who have undergone laser uvuloplasty or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. (4) However, our study failed to show that taste buds are present on human uvula tissue.
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.
For the treatment of snoring, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) was the preferred procedure, followed in descending order by uvulectomy, laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP), cautery-assisted palatal stiffening, and somnoplasty (table 1).
We report the case of an adult who developed an isolated-solitary papilloma on the margin of the soft palate 1 month after he had undergone a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. We describe the clinical and cellular characteristics of this common lesion.