What is included in postoperative care following uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)?

Updated: Dec 09, 2020
  • Author: Eelam Aalia Adil, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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It has been shown that postoperative intensive care unit admission following uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is unnecessary.  Properly selected patients can undergo uvulopalatopharyngoplasty as an outpatient procedure. [11, 12]

If a patient is admitted overnight, continuous pulse oximetry should be ordered. Intravenous dexamethasone at a dose of 8 mg every 8 hours can be administered to help with postoperative swelling. Patients can have severe pain following surgery, but pain control must be balanced with the side effects of narcotic pain medication, specifically respiratory depression.

A repeat polysomnogram should be performed at 3-6 months to determine response to therapy and need for further therapies.

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