How is the patient positioned for uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)?

Updated: Dec 09, 2020
  • Author: Eelam Aalia Adil, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Positioning

After the induction of adequate general endotracheal anesthesia, a shoulder roll is placed using a blanket or towel. Care should be taken to make sure the head is supported during the procedure to avoid ligamentous or cervical spine injury.

The eyes should be taped shut and padded. The surgeon should be careful during draping not to tape the drapes to the endotracheal tube. An oral tracheal tube is taped in the midline of the lower lip to allow for proper mouth prop placement and tongue retraction.


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