How Can Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Do suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and a difficulty breathing at night? If so, then uvulopalatopharyngoplasty may be the answer to your problems.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a procedure that removes excess tissue in the throat to make the airway wider. This sometimes can allow air to move through the throat more easily when you breathe, reducing the severity of obstructive sleep apnea.
Benefits of Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is an effective procedure for obstructive sleep apnea and can also be used to combat excessive snoring in many patients. Over the long term, it cures snoring in about half to three quarters of those who have had this surgery. The reason some doctors may recommend UPPP may include that you:
- have excess tissue in your nose, mouth, or throat that blocks your airway
- choose not to use (or cannot use) Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy (CPAP)
- do not get better after using CPAP
- do not want to have an opening made in your windpipe (tracheostomy) to treat sleep apnea
Is Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty Right for You?
Obstructive sleep apnea can often pose a potentially more severe threat to its sufferers if left unaddressed. Many people who undergo UPPP have gone on to live productive lives after a brief 3 week recovery with no incidence. Dr. Nguyen is a Board Certified Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon with an impeccable track record. If you feel that UPPP may improve your standard of living, then he is here to help.
What to Expect with the UPPP Procedure
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a surgical technique that focuses on the shortening of the uvula (the small tissue that hangs at the back of the throat), a portion of soft palate, and may also include the tonsils, and in children the adenoids.
Where Can Houston Residents Get UPPP?
Make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen today to determine if UPPP is right for you, and get the relief you need. Either book an assessment or call our Houston office, and treat your obstructive sleep apnea today!