What is the role of uvulectomy in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 25, 2021
  • Author: Charles E Morgan, DMD, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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A patient with a large uvula who snores and has few or no symptoms of apnea may benefit from uvulectomy. The patient can be given local anesthesia, and uvulectomy can be performed as an office procedure by using cautery or a carbon dioxide laser. In 1993, laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty was first described as a procedure for individuals with mild OSA who snore. The procedure consists of incising the inferior rim of the soft palate and uvula. The tonsils are not removed.


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