What Is the Pillar® Procedure?
The Pillar Procedure is designed to reduce or stop snoring and improve some types of sleep apnea. Tiny implants are inserted into the soft palate to reduce the tissue vibration. The Pillar® Procedure is a simple, safe, and effective treatment designed to stiffen your soft palate to help you stop snoring. In many cases, it can also help people suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s a relatively painless procedure that can be performed in a doctor’s office in about 20 minutes, using only local anesthetic.
During the Pillar Procedure, a specially trained ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor or other Pillar Procedure Specialist places 3-5 tiny woven implants (approximately 0.7 inches long and 0.08 inches wide) into the soft palate using a sterile delivery tool. Over time, the implants, together with the body’s natural fibrotic response, add structural support to stiffen the soft palate and reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring. The implants also help reduce the tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause sleep apnea.
The Pillar Procedure implants are made of a woven polyester material that has been used in implantable medical devices for more than 50 years. Want to know What to Expect with the Pillar Procedure? Hint: You won’t even feel the implants.