March 1997

Comparing Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(3):278-279. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900030052005

Finkelstein et al1 have attempted to provide objective data regarding laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). Their study represents an important and ambitious undertaking because there is a paucity of anatomical studies in the literature. There are several significant concerns in the design of the protocol, however, that require caution in the interpretation and application of the results.