Pillar Procedure for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Treatment for Snoring
Imagine spending just minutes during an in-office painless and safe procedure to stop or significantly reduce your snoring. Some patients may benefit from the Pillar Procedure from Medtronic.
During the Pillar Procedure, our ENT places three tiny woven implants, which look like tiny soft pillars, 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 obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The Pillar Procedure implants are made of a woven polyester material that has been used in implantable medical devices for more than 50 years. Patient's can't see or feel the Pillar implants, nor do they interfere with swallowing or speech. Many patients resume normal diet and activities within days of the procedure.