Jefferson University Hospitals

Partial Uvulectomy

The uvula (the small "punching bag" at the tip of the soft palate) is often enlarged if you have sleep apnea or snore. While the uvula is rarely the cause of sleep apnea or snoring, it can contribute to both disorders. As a result, a head and neck surgeon at Jefferson may suggest removing a portion of the uvula known as a partial uvulectomy.

What Does Partial Uvulectomy Involve?

Because complete uvulectomy has been associated with swallowing problems, drying of the throat and globus sensation (feeling of a lump in the throat), most of the surgeons at Jefferson do not advocate the complete removal of the entire uvula. Typically, only a portion of the structure will be removed in an effort to reduce these risks.

Our head and neck surgeons are trained in such subspecialty areas as otology, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, allergy and head and neck surgery. We are backed by state-of-the-art equipment and treat a variety of conditions.