What is laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) surgery?
In some cases, an enlarged or elongated uvula can cause snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that decreases the size of the uvula using laser technology. Often, this short procedure can provide relief from breathing-related issues and minimize or stop snoring and OSA.
Why is Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) performed?
LAUP is performed by ear, nose and throat specialists with New York ENT to:
- Shrink an enlarged uvula
- Lessen the symptoms of snoring
- Limit vibration of the uvula while breathing
- Lessen the symptoms of mild to moderate OSA
What does LAUP involve?
When undergoing LAUP, a doctor with New York ENT will use a laser to target the uvula at the back of the mouth. The laser acts as a trimmer, removing excessive tissue from the area, which results in a larger breathing passageway. The laser used by New York ENT specialists is extremely precise, which minimizes surrounding tissue damage. By using an advanced and accurate laser system, patients commonly have a speedy recovery time.
What are the advantages of having LAUP?
Undergoing partial laser assisted uvulopalatolasty surgery can offer the following benefits:
- Minimally invasive
- Takes only one office visit
- Successful alternative to uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
- Significantly decreases snoring
- Little or no effect on speech
- Short recovery time
If you are suffering from OSA or snoring and believe you may benefit from LAUP, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience treating a variety of breathing-related conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at 212-873-6036 to schedule an appointment today.