Journal of Otology & RhinologyISSN: 2324-8785

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Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty is an office-based procedure performed under local anaesthesia. It is a conservative approach to palatal shortening and patients generally experience less pain than with traditional uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. However, methodologically accepted studies on the effectiveness of this treatment are limited since randomised placebo-controlled studies are lacking The procedure was originally described in France where it was first performed in 1990. One disadvantage of laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty is that the tonsils are not removed. Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) has proliferated as a treatment for snoring and OSAS because it is relatively inexpensive, rapid and has lower and less severe complications. The major disadvantage of the LAUP is the multiple number of treatment sessions required to shorten, elevate, and stiffen the palate, resulting in more overall morbidity and financial cost to the patient. Patients considering the LAUP procedure may require full evaluation and follow up for medically significant breathing disorders during sleep.