The uvula is the soft tissue found above the back of your tongue. It can contribute to snoring, especially in patients with elongated, large, or tapered uvulas. While sleeping, breathing may cause the uvula to vibrate and cause the noise we all know as snoring.
A uvulectomy is a procedure Dr. Joffrey and his colleagues may recommend if deemed necessary. Uvulectomy is the removal of the uvula. Traditionally, this was performed with electrocautery in the operating room under general anesthesia. However, at our center, the procedure is performed in the office with coblation or radiofrequency treatment which results in less discomfort and quicker recovery. The goal is to deliver energy to the uvula and gently remove excess tissue, resulting in a more open oral airway.
Coblation therapy for uvulectomy is performed in-office using local anesthesia, and usually takes less than 20 minutes. The noninvasive nature of the surgery ensures it produces minimal damage to surrounding cells, and most patients leave with minor discomfort. Normal activities can generally be resumed shortly after surgery.
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