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Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is surgery to cut away soft tissue in the back of the throat. The doctor may have taken out the uvula. This is the small piece of skin that hangs down at the back of the throat. The doctor also may have taken out the tonsils and part of the soft palate. The soft palate is the back section of the roof of your mouth.
Your throat may be sore for 2 weeks or longer. You may need to wear a breathing mask (CPAP) to help keep your airway open. You may have trouble swallowing, and you may have a mild earache. You may feel like there is something stuck in your throat. You may notice blood in your spit. These symptoms may last for 7 to 10 days.
Your jaws may be sore, and your lips may be chapped. Your doctor may give you a spray to numb your throat instead of pain pills. That's because some pain pills relax the throat muscles. This can cause your airway to narrow.
You will probably be able to go back to work or to most of your usual activities 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. But you may need up to 3 to 6 weeks to fully recover.
Over the next 3 to 6 weeks, you should start to have better airflow. You may find that you snore less or not at all.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: November 7, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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