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Uvulopalatoplasty (Small Tongue Shortening)

Uvulopalatoplasty (Small Tongue Shortening)

Uvulopalatoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to alleviate or completely eliminate snoring. In this application, it is aimed to reduce the small tongue and to obtain more comfortable breathing during sleep. Considering that a quarter of adult people suffer from loud snoring, the practice of small language abbreviations is extremely necessary. This is a truly solution-oriented operation. In this process, it is aimed to take a part of the small tongue with laser support and to obtain a reduction in that area. According to the studies, the rate of people who get rid of snoring problems after this operation is 85 percent.

How is Snoring Treatment with Uvulopalatoplasty?

This practice usually involves shortening the small tongue by taking laser support. In this operation performed with local anesthesia, no pain or pain is felt. When the anatomy of the throat and mouth is examined, the exit and entrance in that area will be relieved with the abbreviation made in the small tongue. In this way, the problem of snoring due to breathing during sleep will be eliminated. Uvulopalatoplasty can be performed in the following cases:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Forcing on the upper roads
  • Snoring problems

For all these problems, you can have a small tongue reduction and palate correction operation with the advice and directions of the doctor.

Small Tongue Surgery

The prolongation of the small tongue can lead to problems that adversely affect the quality of life of the person. If this situation cannot be corrected with some treatments, small tongue surgery is performed.

Why Does Small Tongue Get Longer?

The reasons for the elongation of small tongue can be listed as follows:

  • Age
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Use of various medications, such as antidepressants or muscle relaxants
  • Turnip juice
  • Allergic causes
  • Various otorhinolaryngology infections
  • Excessive alcohol and cigarette consumption
  • Snoring

What Are the Symptoms of Small Tongue Elongation?

Elongation of the small tongue can often cause sleep apnea, snoring, fatigue, difficulty in swallowing and breathing, a feeling of snagging in the throat and nausea.

How is Small Tongue Surgery Performed?

Small tongue surgery is performed with general or local anesthesia depending on the situation. In this context, the end of the small tongue is cut off. Sometimes, after the end of the small tongue is cut, the remaining part is folded back and stitched.

After Small Tongue Surgery

Bleeding after this operation may occur rarely. After the effect of anesthesia has passed, it may be possible to start feeding. The effects of the application end in an average of three days. If there is a sleep apnea or snoring problem, it can be observed that the problem disappears in the first month after the operation. In addition, the small tongue may remain swollen for an average of one month.

The things to be considered after the operation can be listed as follows:

  • In the first weeks, juicy and soft foods should be consumed.
  • Bitter, salty, sour, hard, lumpy or spicy foods should not be consumed for a while.
  • Daily fluid intake should be considered.
  • Smoking and alcohol should not be consumed.
  • A sporty and active lifestyle should be adopted.
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