Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2021 May;33(2):295-303. doi: 10.1016/j.coms.2021.01.001. Epub 2021 Feb 10.


Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a generally safe and widely accepted surgical procedure for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Unfortunately, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty does not always result in success, and patients who initially experienced improvement in the severity of their obstructive sleep apnea may relapse. Proper patient selection and performing uvulopalatopharyngoplasty in conjunction with other surgical procedures that are directed at other sites of upper airway collapsibility may yield favorable outcomes.

Keywords: Apnea; Friedman; OSA; Palate; Tonsils; UPPP; Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Pharynx / surgery
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive* / surgery
  • Uvula* / surgery