UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or UP3)
If you're suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, you may find yourself in a cycle of sleep aids and sleepless nights. If you have found that a CPAP machine is not working for you, you may be a candidate for a permanent solution like Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP or UP3).
As we age or gain weight, our tissue and muscles often change shape and lose rigidity and strength. When this occurs, breathing can cause weakened tissue in the soft palate to vibrate and produce snoring. In some cases, the soft palate can collapse and obstruct the upper airway, producing obstructive sleep apnea.
Similar to a Snoreplasty procedure, a UPPP procedure removes part of the soft palate and uvula. It can often be performed at the same time as a tonsillectomy.
UPPP Insurance Coverage
Given the complexity of insurance, we have a team of specialists ready to guide you throughout the process. ADVENT does not require a referral and is an in-network provider for many insurance carriers. Visit our Insurance page for a list of in-network providers.
UPPP Procedure at ADVENT
With thousands of positive reviews and industry-leading Sinus and Sleep Surgeons, ADVENT is an internationally known leader in simple in-office procedures and surgical treatments. Our highly skilled board-certified surgeons have extensive experience in performing UPPP and other throat procedures.
If determined you are a good candidate for a UPPP procedure, you'll follow these steps through The Patient Journey™:
Finally get answers to your sinus questions. Your first visit is focused on finding the facts with an exam to ensure we understand the root of your issue. We'll discuss your goals and design a plan specific to you.
You'll meet with a provider for your Breathing Triangle® Evaluation and in-office CT Scan. Your provider will immediately review the results with you and discuss a personalized plan to solve your issues. We'll help you navigate the complexities of insurance. Before you begin your treatment plan, you'll get an estimate of all out-of-pocket costs.
If it is determined blocked sinus passageways are contributing to your sleep concerns, your Physician may recommend a simple, in-office procedure or medical management, like CPAP, prior to a UPPP procedure.
On the day of your procedure, general anesthesia will be administered by an anesthesiologist. Your physician will then reshape the uvula and soft palate. If discussed prior to the procedure, your tonsils will also be removed. Depending on the severity of your obstructive sleep apnea, an overnight stay may be required.
Following your procedure, you’ll return for a 1-week, 3-week and 6-week follow-up visit to ensure your recovery is on track.
“Before my procedure, I had a lot of headaches on a regular basis – I was missing work, not able to participate in my kids lives or family social life and those have gone away. It’s been very life-changing as I got my life back and I am able to fully engage and enjoy the things we like to do as a family.”
A Specialized ENT Doctor Experience
We listen and understand your frustration from prior ineffective treatment. Here's what to expect at ADVENT:
- A solutions driven experience - never band-aids that provide you temporary relief.
- A proper evaluation of The Breathing Triangle®. ADVENT specializes in nose and throat issues.
- A proven process. ADVENT developed The Patient Journey™ to reach simple, efficient solutions to your nose, sinus, snoring and/or sleep apnea concerns.