The pillar procedure is a wonderful office-based procedure for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. In just 15 minutes, individuals who have suffered with snoring for years can have relief of their symptoms with this minimally-invasive procedure. The Pillar Procedure is FDA-cleared for treatment of snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Clinical data for this procedure has shown the following:
Bed partner satisfaction at 80% or better
Improvement in snoring intensity
Improvement in daytime sleepiness
How it works:
Snoring is caused by vibration of the soft palate against the back of tongue or throat. The pillar procedure involves the insertion of 3 or more small woven implants into the muscular layer of the soft palate. The physical characteristics of the implant will cause the soft palate to stiffen. There will also be favorable stiffening of the tissues because of the body's natural scar tissue reaction around the implants that takes several months to occur.
Procedure Details: The procedure is performed in the office and takes less than 30 minutes. Topical and local anesthesia are applied to the soft palate. The pillar implants are placed with a specially-designed insertion device into the muscular layer of the soft palate. The procedure is not painful. There may be a very mild sore throat for 1-2 days.
Cost: Our cost for the procedure is $1500.
This MRI video demonstrates the effect of the pillar procedure. Notice how the fluttering of the soft palate is decreased.
Pillar Procedure TM--Office based treatment for snoring in less than 30 minutes.
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