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Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 2, 2022.

What do I need to know about 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 help you breathe easier, decrease snoring, and improve your sleep.

Mouth Anatomy

How do I prepare for my procedure?

Your surgeon will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He or she will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery. Arrange for someone drive you home after surgery.

What will happen during my procedure?

Anesthesia medicine will be sprayed in the back of your mouth and throat. After a few minutes, anesthesia medicine will also be injected in the back of your mouth. This will keep your mouth and throat numb during the procedure. 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.

What will happen after my procedure?

You will be taken to a room to recover. 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.

What are the risks of my procedure?

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. The laser may scar the inside of your throat. Your snoring or sleep apnea may not go away or may get worse.

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