Uvulopalatoplasty

If the necessary correction is large it may be necessary to undergo uvula palatoplasty. This is when the soft part of the palate and uvula - and often the tonsils as well - are removed. Then, sutures are put in to increase the muscle tension in the palate thereby reducing the vibration which is the origin of the snoring.

Uvula palatoplasty is performed under general aesthetic and requires an overnight stay. The postoperative period is considerably painful for up to 10 days afterwards during which painkillers will be administered. You must also follow a cold, bland diet.