November 10, 2019

Expansion Sphincter Pharyngoplasty for OSA Video

UPPP or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is the "traditional" surgical procedure to help address obstructive sleep apnea in adult patients.

However, there are other types of palate surgery beyond UPPP that is occasionally performed to help resolve OSA.

The video shown here depicts expansion sphincter pharynoplasty or functional expansion pharyngoplasty. This surgical approach focuses on preventing airway collapse that occurs from the side and in some patients, will achieve a higher success rate in addressing OSA compared with UPPP. The risks are similar to UPPP.

For more general information on obstructive sleep apnea, click here.

Watch UPPP animation here.


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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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