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Post by coxyhog » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:52 am

Hi there I learnt about this site from a TV news programme recently.

Has anyone tried LAUP?
I have an operation booked in Harley Street early next month but since I booked it I've been hearing some negative comments about the procedure,like it may not work or may have to be repeated several times.
I've paid up front for this but think I can get a refund if I cancel early enough.
I am a 54yo male and have been snoring for as long as I can remember.
I have quite a prominent uvula and I'm pretty sure this is why I snore.



Post by Bogof » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:59 am

coxyhog wrote: I have quite a prominent uvula and I'm pretty sure this is why I snore.

A proper diagnosis should be able to bring this "pretty sure" to "definitely positive". If in doubt, you could ask both an ENT specialist as well as a sleep expert. Paying for treatment without being 100% wouldn't be a journey I'd personally embark on.



Post by Meatcruncher » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:04 pm

Hi Coxyhog,
Welcome to this site. Please be very, very cautious about undergoing LAUP (Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty for the uninitiated).

I made the mistake of having it done about 11 years ago. It is INCREDIBLY PAINFUL afterwards and it made ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE to my snoring. Also eating can be tricky since food can more easily slip up the back of the nose or down the wind pipe (rice is particularly difficult to eat for some reason). I have had a number of quite frightening chocking sessions since the surgery.

At the time of my operation I was a 39 year old, obese male who had been snoring badly for at least 25 years. I had a large, floppy uvula, and the ENT surgeon was convinced that he could cure my snoring with LAUP (I think his laser was his new toy at the time).

I am now a 50 year old, super morbidly obese male (well, at least that one thing remains the same) now diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnoea which is kept totally in check by a CPAP machine. It is now clear that I have had OSA for at least 3 decades.

I strongly recommend that you get a referral to a proper sleep clinic to get a sleep test done – they can then establish exactly what is causing your problem. It might mean that LAUP is the right course of action, but it probably isn’t, and once they remove your uvula they can’t put it back (mores the pity).

Please be cautious – I enormously regret having LAUP done.

Good luck



Post by coxyhog » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:19 pm


Thanks for your input,I've already cancelled the LAUP & they've promised a refund.
I'm not sure if I have the dangerous form of snoring or not,I'm a little overweight but not much.
About 35 years ago I was in the RAF living in a small 3 man room & one of my room mates recorded my snoring.Fast forward 25 years & my wife did the same.Sounded like it hadn't changed much to me.
I think this site has probably saved me a lot of pain,especially if what you said about rice turned out to be applicable to me.My wife is Thai & I eat an awful lot of rice!



Post by Roberto » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:56 am

I would urge you to see your GP, and if necessary, a sleep specialist.



Post by greggar » Wed May 14, 2008 2:59 pm

If you are obese then LAUP is inadequate treatment. I had it and stopped snoring for a while but have found that I don't snore if I keep my weight down. Otherwise I do snore in spite of having had the surgery !



Post by coxyhog » Thu May 15, 2008 8:59 am

I have decided to continue to snore :lol:

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Post by Alsacienne » Thu May 15, 2008 7:26 pm

Oh come on Coxyhog! Do the Epworth Sleepiness Test questionnaire on here before you throw in the towel ..... and take courage in both hands to go and see your doc. OSA is really dangerous if not managed - increased risk of stroke and heart attack - but can be controlled and let's you live a long and normal life ........ and most of us are not lightweights either!



Post by coxyhog » Fri May 16, 2008 6:34 am

If I could find it I would!

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Post by Alsacienne » Fri May 30, 2008 9:38 pm

I am sure that there is a link to this somewhere on this forum - try searching Epworth Sleepiness Test on here, or google it ........ it'll turn up like a bad penny!

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Post by Guest » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:21 pm

My father snored like a train for many years. He had the laser surgey and said he only had slight dicomfort for a day or two. There was improvment but he ultimately went back for a second treatment. This further reduction worked dramatically for him with no side effects. In his case it was great proceedure that needed two try to get it right.



Post by bearskin » Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:52 pm

:shock: I had laup on Thursday. It was rather more brutal and painful than I'd been led to believe. I could feel burning. Great. Despite 3 local injections. To be honest I felt violated, (sounds dramatic, but the patient before me looked as if she was in shock too) and roughly handled.
Then the post op talk about pain was terrifying!! Given three seperate lots of painkillers and warned to start taking them before the local wore off - great!
48 hrs later it has been no worse than a very sore throat.
They really need to be more honest and open in the consultation. They reckon the smell is the worst thing. Nope. The pain is. Second comes the taste of barbeque that lasts 24 hrs. I could live with the smell.

On balance, if it works - great. Would I have it again? Not a chance. Would I recommend? To those with nerves of steel and a VERY high pain threshold.

I'll keep you posted as to results.



Post by peterf » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:11 pm

Just had mine done less than 4 hours ago but this was done under a general so no problems with the procedure. Everyone was very up front about the level of pain to expect from my GP, to the consultant on first visit to the nurse at the pre-admission clinic and on the procedure notes from the hospital. Not sure yet how it will stack up against personal pain threshold but at least I am expecting it. And like you, I was discharged with a veritable drug factory, 3 types of painkiller, anti inflamatory and antibiotic.

I am will update a log of my experience on my member's story at ... f=8&t=1224

By the way, I had mine done on NHS so they have no issue with being up front about the pain angle, perhaps goinf private they may not want to advertise this, which is a bit of a disservice.


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Post by no name hertfordshire » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:06 am

I had the LAUP op done 3 days ago.

Firstly, 3 years ago I had the somnoplasty (celon), which worked well for 3 years. Snoring came back and I decided t go for the LAUP. I will further update how the op has gone in due course.

The procedure, whilst a touch painful, was (for me) no worse than going to the dentist. It is however an very "unusual" feeling, smell of burning, and a wierd sensation of something in the back of your throat and not being able to swallow.

Is it worth it ?, frankly if it helps my snoring it is 100% worth it for my wife, and anything is worth trying. I would agree with others though it is worth having a proper assessment first maybe throh your GP, and if you are quite overweight and drink a fair amount of alcohol, maybe the op is not for you.

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