Laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty

Surgery to reduce or eliminate snoring

If you have problems with snoring or sleep apnoea, our minimally-invasive laser treatment could help.

What is a laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty?

Laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is a minimally-invasive treatment used to treat snoring and mild to moderate cases of sleep apnoea.

It is a relatively quick procedure that uses laser technology to reduce the size of the uvula (the soft, hanging part in your throat near your tonsils) and clearing the airways.

Need to know

  • What happens during a laser uvulopalatoplasty? icon plus

    Consultants use laser treatment to target the rear of the mouth, removing any excess tissue and reducing the size of the uvula. This increases the size of the airways, allowing you to breathe more easily when you’re asleep.

    The precision of the lasers means that there is minimal tissue damage. Because of this, LAUP is considered a safer and more comfortable alternative to uvulopalatoplasty (UPPP).
  • How to prepare for your procedure icon plus

    This is a safe treatment that usually takes no more than 30 minutes. You’ll be given a local anaesthetic, which means you’ll be awake during the treatment, but you won’t feel any pain.

    There is no set number of treatments needed, so your consultant will assess your needs and recommend what’s best for you. Usually, it takes between one and four treatments.
  • After your laser procedure icon plus

    This is a quick and simple treatment and you will be able to leave immediately afterwards and return to normal activities straightaway.

    You may experience some mild side effects, including a dry or sore throat.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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