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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is surgery to remove part or all of your uvula, soft palate, pharynx, or tonsils. Your soft palate is the back of the roof of your mouth. The uvula is the small piece of flesh that hangs at the back of your throat. The pharynx is your throat. UPPP may help you breathe easier, decrease snoring, and treat your sleep apnea.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Medicines help decrease pain and prevent infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider in 4 to 6 weeks:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Apply ice on the skin under your jaw for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
- You will need to eat soft foods for several days. Examples of soft foods include cooked cereal, yogurt, cottage cheese, and applesauce. Once you can eat soft foods easily, you may slowly begin to eat solid foods.
- Chew gum or push your tongue to the roof of your mouth when you swallow. This will help decrease the tight and lumpy feeling in your throat after surgery.
- Elevate your head and upper back. Keep your head and upper back elevated when you rest, such as in a recliner. Place extra pillows under your head and neck when you sleep in bed. Elevation will help decrease swelling.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- Your throat is red and swollen.
- You have pain in your throat even after you take your medicine.
- You have white patches in your mouth and on your tongue.
- You lose your ability to taste.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You cough up or vomit blood.
- You have chest pain or trouble breathing.
- You are confused.
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