Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is surgery to cut away soft tissue in
the back of the throat. The doctor took out the uvula, which 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 two 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.
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. This is 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
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 call line 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
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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