Pillar Procedure

Below is an informative 3D animation with a simple, visual explanation of the causes of palatal Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring. The video makes it easy to see how the placement of three tiny implants helps correct the palatal vibration and collapse that can cause snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

 

The Pillar Procedure targets the most common cause of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—the soft palate. During the Pillar Procedure, three tiny woven implants are placed in the soft palate.

Over time the implants, together with the body's natural fibrotic response, add structural support to and stiffen the soft palate. This structural support and stiffening reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring and the palatal tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Patients cannot see or feel the Pillar implants, nor do they interfere with swallowing or speech. Many patients resume normal diet and activities the same day of the procedure.

Clinical studies of the Pillar Procedure have shown that:

  • Patients experienced a significant decrease in snoring intensity.
  • Bed partner satisfaction with the reduction in snoring after the Pillar Procedure has been documented at 80% or higher.
  • Patients experienced less daytime sleepiness and significant improvements in lifestyle after the Pillar Procedure.

 


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