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Laser-assisted Uvulopalatoplasty


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.

Mouth Anatomy



  • Medicines help decrease pain and prevent infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.

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.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your throat is red and swollen.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have pain in your throat even after you take your medicines.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have chest pain or trouble breathing.
  • You are confused.
  • You cough up or vomit blood.

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