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What is the definition or description of: uvulopalatopharyngoplasty?

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Dr. Majid Jamali answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

UPPP: This is a procedure performed mainly to reduce snoring and or sleep apnea. The uppp removes the tissue from uvula which is part of the dog palate. . This creates more room in the airway. The effectiveness of uppp is questionable.

Answered 12/5/2012

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Dr. Ronald Achong answered

Specializes in Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery

Throat surgery: It is the reduction of the tissues in the throat. Specifically the uvula, pharynx and the sides of the back of the throat are reduced. This procedure is usually performed in patients who have moderate to severe sleep apnea.

Answered 3/26/2013

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Dr. Sal Aragona answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Surgery: This is a surgical procedure that involves reducing redundant tissues that are at play during snoring and/ or obstructive sleep apnea. Typically done by board certified ENT surgeon.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Throut reshaping: Removal / reshaping by removing any / all of the lymphoid tissues and attendent soft tissues of the posterior soft palate, uvula, and posterior pharynx (throat). Most commonly considered for sleep apnea and snoring surgical treatment.

Answered 1/4/2013

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Dr. Lance Timmerman answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Tissue removal: Removal of posterior tissue, past the teeth, usually for the purpose of removing an airway obstruction. This is one of the surgical options when dealing with obstructive sleep apnea. This tissue is the uvula ("dangly" tissue at back of throat) or tonsil area.

Answered 1/15/2013

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