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After Sleep Apnea Surgery: UPPP

UPPP or uvulopalatolpharyngoplasty is a procedure to treat obstructive sleep apnea. During the procedure the tonsils and uvula are removed and the palate is trimmed. Sutures will be placed to keep the airway open. Most patients with spend one night in the hospital after this procedure.  You will be discharged with prescriptions for pain medication and steroids to reduce pain and swelling.  You may also be placed on antibiotics.


It is important to stay well hydrated after surgery. Drink plenty of cool liquids that are not too acidic or carbonated.  We recommend water and flavored sports drinks. You should only eat soft foods for the first 2 weeks after surgery.


It is normal to have pain after surgery that last for approximately 14 days. It is very common to have pain referred to the ears. Take you pain medications as prescribed. It is a good idea to take stool softener while on pin medications since they are constipating.


No heavy lifting of physical activity for 3 weeks after surgery.  Most patients are out of work for 1 to 2 weeks and up to three weeks if the job requires heavy lifting or strenuous physical activity.

Wound Care. 

You will have stitches in your mouth that will dissolve on there own in 3-4 weeks. It is not uncommon for some of the stitches to come loose during the healing process. This should not be cause for concern. You can expect bad breath(halitosis).  You can brush you teeth normally but do not brush the back of the tongue.  Mouth wash should be avoided since it will cause burning sensation.


An occasional patient will experience excessive bleeding during the recovery period. This usually happen between 7 and 10 days after surgery.  If you experience bleeding call the office to speak to the doctor.