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UPPP in Spain

Hospitals and medical centers in Spain performing the Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) procedure.
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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.

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Hospital Internacional Medimar

Medimar International Hospital is a tetriatry care hospital with 200 physicians, 50 resident and 150 affiliated, providing healthcare services to the residents of Alicante, as well as to over 25,000 foreign patients a year.

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3,100 - 3,900 US$

Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.

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Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.

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Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

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Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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About UPPP

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty?

This is a surgical procedure which is used to remove excess tissue in the throat and sometimes remodels it making the airway wider. It is also known as sleep surgery, UP3 or UPPP. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is used to remove tissues such as Tonsils, Adenoids, Uvula, Soft palate, Excess throat tissue.


Why it is done
  • Your doctor may recommend UPPP if you:
  • Have excess tissue in your throat, nose or mouth which blocks your airway
  • Cannot use or prefer not to use CPAP
  • Do not feel better after using CPAP
  • Do not want to use tracheostomy to treat sleep apnea

How well does it work?
  • When UPPP is administered in isolation the results vary. This is because sleep apnea is usually caused by co-existing obstructions which are located at various locations of the airway.
  • UPPP reduces sleep apnea in some people
  • UPPP may stop snoring although episodes of apnea may continue
  • CPAP may be required after the surgery even if the blockage is successfully removed
  • Factors that influence the success of UPPP
  • The pre-surgical size of the tonsils, tongue base, soft palate and uvula.
  • Morbidly obese people have little success from this procedure

The UPPP procedure
  • UPPP is usually administered in isolation to patients with sleep apnea. It is administered in isolation with the aim of removing the tissue obstructing the patient’s throat. The procedure is done with the rationale that the patient’s airway will be widened and breathing will be eased by removing the excess tissue.
  • The procedure involves removing the tonsils, which is followed by removing of the anterior surface of the uvula and soft palate, folding the uvula towards the soft palate and suturing it together.
  • A tonsil is grasped with an instrument and medially retracted. The anterior tonsillar pillar mucosa is then incised and dissection continues along the tonsil capsule until the entire tonsil is removed.
  • The interior part of the soft palate is the resected along with the uvula so as to preserve nasopharyngeal mucosa.
  • Different suturing techniques are used at the corners of the soft palate to bring the oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal together in a single layer.

What to expect after surgery?
  • You doctor may recommend CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy after UPPP. CPAP therapy involves using breathing device worn especially at night to help you breathe more easily and prevent your airway from closing up while asleep.
  • Discomfort is usually present for the first 2-3 days and your doctor may prescribe pain medication or a numbing spray for your throat for this. However, your doctor may also recommend that you avoid some pain medications which relax the throat muscles. This is because they may narrow your airways and cause apnea episodes.
  • Your diet should be soft and liquid such as soups for the following 1-2 weeks. You may resume most of your regular activities within 1-2 weeks after the procedure. However, you may require up to 6 weeks to recover fully.

Recovery : -Damage to surrounding tissues and blood vessels. -Speech problems. -Swelling, infection, pain or bleeding. -Difficulty swallowing. -Sleepiness. -Narrowing of the airway in the throat and nose. -Changes in how food tastes. -Periods of apnea.

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