Uvelectomy is a procedure to help with snoring. It involves removing the uvula (the little punching bag on our soft palate). When we are asleep our muscles in our mouth and neck relax or go flaccid resulting in the tongue moving to the back of our throat. This causes a smaller opening for air to pass and results in vibration of the soft palate and particularly the uvula. Removing the uvula is an efficient way to help reduce snoring.
The procedure is done in office and can be done under local anesthesia. The surgery takes about 30 minutes and you are able to go home afterwards. The recovery takes about one week where a soft diet is crucial. You will have a sore throat, but topical numbing rinses and pain medication keep you comfortable.