What are the possible complications of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)?

Updated: Dec 09, 2020
  • Author: Eelam Aalia Adil, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Bleeding, infection, nasopharyngeal stenosis, velopharyngeal insufficiency, [13] wound dehiscence, injury to teeth/tongue/lips, globus sensation, respiratory distress, and death are potential complications of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. A review of 3,572 patients treated with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty revealed the incidence of serious complications to be 37.1 per 1,000 patients. [14] The most common complications were postoperative hemorrhage and infections; there were no perioperative or postoperative deaths. A similar study of 3,130 patients found an incidence of nonfatal complications of 1.5% and a 30-day mortality rate of 0.2%. [15, 16]


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