Uvulectomy is a minor procedure designed to shorten the uvula, which is the hanging down structure at the back of the throat.
Uvulectomy may be advisable in a number of situations. Uvula related symptoms include post nasal drip, throat clearing, the feeling of something being there at the back of the tongue and catarrh. Catarrh is a widely used descriptive term for build-up of mucus, typically at the back of the nose, a throat clearing sensation, or the feeling of lumpyness, something stuck, at the back of the tongue. Some people experience a catarrh in throat lump for months or years. Uvulectomy may also help in snorers.
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic, with a single injection at the back of the mouth being all that is required. A Carbon Dioxide laser connected to a computerised pattern generator is the used to vaporise the uvula , this usually takes 2 or 3 minutes. Quite strong painkillers are required afterwards, as this is a sensitive area to operate on.
If you are suffering any of the above symptoms and want to enquire about the uvulectomy procedure please get in touch for an initial consultation.
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