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Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is a technique that
uses lasers to perform surgery for some sleep-related breathing disorders. It
may be used if you have:
There is debate about whether the laser procedure is an
effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). LAUP has not shown any major benefit for people who have sleep
apnea.footnote 1 And problems swallowing and voice changes are
common side effects from LAUP.
LAUP is not recommended by
the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to treat sleep apnea.footnote 2
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Aurora RN, et al. (2010). Practice parameters for the surgical modifications of the upper airway for obstructive sleep apnea in adults. Sleep, 33(10): 1408–1413.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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