Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Recovery time will depend on the extent of your uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Ear and throat pain is normal and will go away after a few days. Snoring and bad breath should improve after about 1 week.

  • Rest often for 2 to 3 days after the procedure, but move around gently as tolerated.

  • Elevate your head on pillows for several days.

  • Take pain medicine as directed. You may need to take it with food. Taking it on a regular schedule will help you to avoid pain.

  • Take your antibiotics as directed. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Mild ear pain is normal. Apply a warm compress to your ear.

  • Eat soft, plain foods, such as bananas, applesauce, eggs, mashed potatoes, instant cereal, gelatin, pudding, yogurt, frozen ice pops, and ice cream for 4 to 6 weeks. Avoid spicy foods.

  • Drink cool liquids to ease swelling.

  • Make sure fiber is included in your diet if possible. High-fiber meals are harder to swallow with your sore throat, but they can help you avoid constipation caused by the use of certain pain medicines.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow. This can help you to avoid constipation and dehydration.

  • Ask your caregiver about dietary supplements, such as special protein drinks and multivitamins.

  • Your caregiver may ask you to chew gum often, to encourage swallowing.

  • Limit activity for 2 weeks. Do not participate in sports or strenuous exercise during this time.

  • Ask your caregiver when you may return to work.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have pain, pressure, or swelling.

  • You have a painful earache.

  • Your sutures come apart or fall out.

  • You are feeling sick to your stomach (nauseous).

  • You are throwing up (vomiting).

  • You spit up blood often, beyond the first week after surgery. (At first this is normal, as scabs fall off.)

  • You have questions or concerns.

  • Food continues to get caught behind your nose while you eat for longer than 1 week.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Throat or ear pain does not go away or becomes severe.

  • You have a fever.

  • Repeated vomiting of blood occurs.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have not eaten for more than 24 hours.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.