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Laser-assisted Uvulopalatoplasty

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is a procedure to remove part or all of your uvula. The uvula is the small piece of flesh that hangs at the back of your throat. LAUP may decrease or stop your snoring and improve your sleep.


CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. The sound of your voice may change. You may lose your sense of taste temporarily. Your snoring or sleep apnea may not go away or may get worse.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Before your procedure:

  • Informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

  • An IV is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.

During your procedure:

Anesthesia medicine will be sprayed in the back of your mouth. After a few minutes, anesthesia medicine will also be injected in the back of your mouth. Medical tools will be used to hold your mouth open during the procedure. Your surgeon will use a laser to cut away part or all of your uvula.

After your procedure:

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. You will be monitored closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You will then be able to go home.

  • You will need to eat soft foods for several days. Examples of soft foods include scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and applesauce. Once you can eat soft foods easily, you may slowly begin to eat solid foods.

  • Medicines help decrease pain and prevent infection.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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