Treating
Obstructive
Sleep Apnea
with UPPP
Obstructive sleep apnea has been recognized for the last
decade, and considerab...
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder involving
pharyngeal airway collapse d...
What is Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty?
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty(UPPP) is the most common
surgery performed in adults with obs...
After the surgery, patients may stay in the hospital for up to
three stays, and may experience sore throat for up to a wee...
Sources:
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1942134-overview
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/uvulopala...
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Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea with UPPP

  1. 1. Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea with UPPP Obstructive sleep apnea has been recognized for the last decade, and considerable research has improved people’s understanding of the condition.
  2. 2. What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder involving pharyngeal airway collapse during sleep. Patients with the disorder stop breathing as their throat tissues collapse and obstruct their air passages. After such an obstructive spell, their throat muscle tone improves and their breathing begins again. They also maintain a lighter stage of sleep after the spell, making them easier to awaken. Often associated with snoring, obstructive spells may last from thirty seconds to two minutes at one time. The cycle also repeats hundreds of times during a typical sleep period of eight hours. Over the last decade, there have been many improvements in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. These improvements have resulted in the increased success rate of common obstructive sleep apnea treatments, like uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.
  3. 3. What is Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty? Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty(UPPP) is the most common surgery performed in adults with obstructive sleep apnea in the United States. It involves removing tissue in the throat, such as the uvula, soft palate, tonsils, adenoids, and pharynx to increase the oropharyngeal airspace. The surgery is successful in improving obstructive sleep apnea up to 75 percent of the time, with the snoring improving invariably in the course of the treatment. The success rate of treating the snoring is up to 95 percent. Not every patient who snores, however, is a potential candidate for the surgery, as the condition can be due to different mechanisms. For instance, patients who snore only when they are on their back and generally experience relaxation of the tongue are not candidates for the surgery. The surgery lasts about an hour and requires general anesthetic when treating snoring. When it comes to obstructive sleep apnea, however, it requires an extensive study to diagnose the extensiveness of the condition.
  4. 4. After the surgery, patients may stay in the hospital for up to three stays, and may experience sore throat for up to a week and a half. During this period, they are unable to swallow liquids initially due to the pain. Similar to any surgery, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty has possible complications, which may include the possibility that it may not work. With that said, patients who want to undergo the surgery should contact an ENT specialist who may conduct careful preoperative examinations and investigations.
  5. 5. Sources: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1942134-overview http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/uvulopalatopharyngoplasty-for-obstructive-sleepapnea http://pacificspecialists.com/services-3/ent/

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