Why is the procedure performed?

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Snoring

How is the procedure performed?

  • In the operating room under general anesthesia
  • Usually done as an outpatient procedure unless other medical conditions pre-exist
  • Pre-op labs may be required
  • Chest x-ray and EKG are required if patient is over the age of 50 and heart or lung problems exist

What should I expect?

  • Pain lasting a week or more
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Minor bleeding
  • Grayish discoloration of throat

What should I do after the surgery?

  • Take antibiotics and pain medications given by the doctor
  • Slowly advance diet as tolerated
    • Drink cool liquids (water, milk, low acid juices, ice cream, Jell-O) during the first day
    • No sharp foods (potato chips, taco shells) for 1 week
  • Call the doctor if unable to drink liquids
  • Go to the emergency room immediately if clots of blood occur
  • Return for follow-up in 14 days