Comparison of postoperative pain scores and dysphagia between anterior palatoplasty and uvulopalatal flap surgeries

Yuksel E., Mutlu M., Bayir O., Yuceege M., Akin I., Saylam G., ...More

ACTA OTO-LARYNGOLOGICA, vol.138, no.12, pp.1092-1098, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 138 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00016489.2018.1511058
  • Title of Journal : ACTA OTO-LARYNGOLOGICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.1092-1098


Background: Dysphagia and pain are most common problems after soft palate surgery in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the postoperative pain scores and presence of dysphagia in patients who underwent anterior palatoplasty (AP) or uvulopalatal flap (UPF) surgeries. Materials and methods: In this prospective study, AP or UPF was performed on the patients with mild or moderate OSA. Daytime sleepiness of all patients was evaluated with Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS). Snoring, pain and dysphagia complaint of the patients was evaluated with visual analog scale (VAS). Results: In both AP and UPF groups, VAS snoring and ESS scores decreased significantly after operation. VAS pain and dysphagia scores were determined to be significantly higher in UPF compared with the AP.