Laser-Assisted Uvuloplatosplasty (LAUP) for Snoring

LAUP is performed by most surgeons in preference to UPPP because it is considered safer, cheaper and more comfortable for the patient. The procedure can be carried out under either local or general anaesthetic, and requires the vaporising away parts of the uvula and/or soft palate using, generally speaking, a CO2 laser. The surgeon will first sit the patient upright in a chair, and anaesthetise the back of the patient’s throat before using a laser to make two vertical incisions along the soft palate, before cutting off the tip of uvula.

LAUP surgery is sometimes carried out over a number of separate procedures (up to four depending on the work needed to be done), each lasting 20 minutes. Laser-assisted surgery normally costs around £1,000, which is entirely dependent upon the clinic that you choose to visit.

Side-Effects of Laser-Assisted Uvuloplastoplasty

Though the post-operative complications of UPPP are eliminated by LAUP, patients sometimes report considerable pain in their throats after the surgery. Unfortunately due to the nature of LAUP surgery, and its need to be carried out, in some cases, up to four times, this pain can be increased in comparison to one-off UPPP surgery.

Benefits of Laser-Assisted Uvuloplastoplasty

LAUP, though sometimes needing to be carried out over a couple of sessions, is a quick and simple procedure that on average only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. Being performed under local anaesthetic, while you are still awake means a relatively speedy recovery time, and immediate release from the hospital and a return to regular activities.

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