Patients with loud snoring may have a long uvula. Treatment such as injection snoreplasty or other palatal stiffening procedures are not effective in this setting. For patients with an excessively long uvula, partial uvulectomy can be an effective way to reduce snoring; this may be done in conjunction with injection snoreplasty if needed. Laser uvulectomy can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. Many patients can return to work within a few days, though the throat will be sore.