Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty: evaluation of postoperative complications, sequelae, and results

Laryngoscope. 1991 Jul;101(7 Pt 1):775-9. doi: 10.1288/00005537-199107000-00015.


A study of 71 patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome was performed to evaluate the effectiveness, complications, and late sequelae of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Postoperative immediate complications were of minor importance. In 96% of the patients, the snoring was improved; it was completely resolved in 48%. The postoperative apnea index remained pathologic in all patients who underwent postoperative polysomnography, although mild improvement was noted. Seventy-four percent of our patients felt a subjective postoperative improvement which was not always confirmed by the polysomnographic examination. A record of improvement was obtained in 64% of the operated patients. Our results establish the beneficial effect of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, which is the recommended surgical procedure for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Eustachian Tube / physiopathology
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Palate, Soft / surgery*
  • Pharynx / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / physiopathology
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / surgery*
  • Snoring
  • Speech
  • Uvula / surgery*