Should We Stop Performing Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty?

Mario Mantovani, Vittorio Rinaldi, Fabrizio Salamanca, Sara Torretta, Daniela Carioli, Michele Gaffuri, Lorenzo Pignataro

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Abstract

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is still one of the most frequently performed procedures for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in adults, with unsatisfactory results. In the era of the mini-invasive/conservative surgery, considering the increasing attention to the disregulation of the peripheral neuromuscular control of the upper airway contributing to pharyngeal collapse in OSAS, with the development of sophisticated treatments such as the neural stimulation of the upper-airway, which role should be reserved to a muscular resective procedure such as UPPP? Being aware of the uncertain results and the high postoperative morbidity of UPPP, we believe that we should re-evaluate the role of these procedures involving the resection of palatal/pharyngeal muscles and uvula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-162
Number of pages2
JournalIndian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Volume67
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Barbed sutures
  • OSAS
  • Snore surgery
  • Snoring
  • UPPP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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