in both the surgical technique and the setting where it is performed.
The LAUP procedure excises only the uvula and associated soft-palate tissues and does not remove or alter tonsils or lateral pharyngeal-wall tissues. The LAUP procedure is most often performed to alleviate snoring.
Radiofrequency-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (RAUP) is similar to laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP). It is done with a radiofrequency (RF) instrument, instead of a laser.
A topical anesthetic spray and an injection of lidocaine are used to numb the soft palate and uvula.
A special RF electrode is used to make two vertical cuts on either side of the uvula. These are joined by a horizontal cut and the uvula is removed. Occasionally, the edge of the soft palate is trimmed as well.
The procedure is performed in the office and takes about 15 minutes. Most patients are able to return to work the next day.