Palatal Z Plasty /Modified UVPP

SUPRIYA

Facial Cosmetic, ENT & Thyroid Surgeon

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Mr. Mrinal Supriya FRCS(OTOL-HNS)

01604556244
info@britishfaceclinic.com

British Face clinic

SUPRIYA

Facial Cosmetic, ENT & Thyroid Surgeon

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Mr. Mrinal Supriya FRCS(OTOL-HNS)

01604556244
info@britishfaceclinic.com

British face clinic

SUPRIYA

Facial Cosmetic, ENT & Thyroid Surgeon

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Mr. Mrinal Supriya FRCS(OTOL-HNS)

01604556244
info@britishfaceclinic.com

British Face Clinic

SUPRIYA

Facial Cosmetic, ENT & Thyroid Surgeon

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Mr. Mrinal Supriya FRCS(OTOL-HNS)

01604556244
info@britishfaceclinic.com

British Face Clinic

SUPRIYA

Facial Cosmetic, ENT & Thyroid Surgeon

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Mr. Mrinal Supriya FRCS(OTOL-HNS)

01604556244
info@britishfaceclinic.com

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Palatal Z Plasty /Modified UVPP

  • If the amount of tissue in soft palate is excessive, stiffening procedures with Coblation is not adequate. In such cases, you will require removal of excess soft palate and tonsil area tissue to create extra space at the back of your nose and throat to breathe better while asleep. Z plasty is a refined mechanism to achieve this and provides better outcome and less problems compared to the traditional surgery (you may know the traditional operation as UVPP).

  • This procedure is done under GA i.e. while you are asleep. This involves strategic repositioning of the throat tissue with minimal removal to create more space behind our palate. This is done through your mouth with no visible scar and usually takes 30-45 minutes.

    This is usually combined with Coblation shrinkage of base of tongue procedure.
    You will experience pain comparable to tonsillectomy and this can take up to two weeks to resolve. During this period you will be given (in liquid form) pain killers, antibiotics and steroids and will have to rely on liquid or semisolid soft diet. Most patients are back to normal diet and swallowing in two- three weeks. However, for the first couple of months you may experience fluid going up your nose from the throat, particularly if swallowed quickly.

    You must schedule at least two weeks off from normal work to recover after this surgery.

    You will notice an improvement in breathing and snoring after the swelling settles down, usually in 2-3 weeks.

    • Sleep with your head elevated for first few days/nights.
    • You will experience significant pain and throat swelling. Sucking on ice chips, gargling with aspirin solution (if not allergic) and taking Paracetamol/Ibuprofen can help relieve pain and swelling.
    • Similarly you may notice some difficulty in swallowing or speaking for the first few days – all of these should settle down within two – three week.
    • You will notice improvement in 3-4 weeks after the procedure.