Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is the surgical removal of the uvula, part of the soft palate, and the tonsils from the throat. The uvula is the small piece of soft tissue that hangs from the soft palate in the back of the throat. An enlarged or elongated uvula can cause problems such as snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and difficulty swallowing. If the enlarged uvula and surrounding tissues are obstructing the airway and causing severe sleep apnea, and non surgical treatments such as CPAP have been unsuccessful, then surgical intervention should be considered.
UPPP is performed under general anesthesia. This procedure removes or reduces the uvula, part of the soft palate, and the tonsils from the throat. The incision is closed with dissolving sutures.