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Pillar Implant Procedure

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What’s wrong with Snoring?

Sleep Is Not a Luxury – It’s a Necessity

Losing sleep because you snore – or your bed partner snores – is more than just a frustrating inconvenience. It can have significant consequences. Getting enough sleep each night is a basic physical need; it’s crucial to our health and well-being. The average bed partner of a snorer loses an hour of sleep per night,1 and that takes its toll on a healthy lifestyle.

Snoring Can Be a Sign of a More Serious Problem

Snoring may also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious medical condition that should be treated immediately. During sleep, people with OSA may stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, 10 or more times an hour. This creates serious health risks.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been linked to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diminished job performance
  •  Increased risk of car accidents

 

The Pillar Implant Procedure

The Pillar® Procedure is the first implant system to treatthe soft palate component of snoring and mild to moderate OSA – designed to help patients sleep better, feel better, and live better.

During the Pillar Procedure, three tiny polyester implants are placed into the soft palate. These implants, together with the body’s natural fibrotic response, add structural support to and stiffen the soft palate. This structural support and stiffening reduces or eliminates the tissue vibration and/or collapse that can cause snoring and OSA.

More than 30,000 people have had the Pillar Procedure.

Unlike other painful and invasive surgical procedures, the Pillar® Procedure is a less invasive treatment that your doctor can perform in a single short office visit. During the Pillar Procedure, three tiny polyester implants are placed into the soft palate. These implants, together with the body’s natural fibrotic response, add structural support to, and stiffen the soft palate. This stiffening reduces or minimizes the tissue vibration and/or collapse that can cause snoring.

With the Pillar Procedure, most patients return to their normal diet and activities on the day of the procedure. Bed partner satisfaction with the reduction in snoring after the Pillar Procedure has been documented at 80% or higher.  To read more about what to expect after a Pillar Procedure, click here. 

Encourage your snorer to see one of our doctors this week and ask about the Pillar Procedure. Only a physician can determine whether your snorer is a good candidate for the Pillar Procedure. You can start alleviating your snorer’s fears by letting them know that there’s an effective treatment for snoring that can be performed in a 20-minute office visit.

Bear in mind that all surgeries carry risks. This treatment is not for everyone. Please ask one of our doctors to see if it is right for you. The Pillar Procedure is not to be used in the treatment of anyone under the age of 18. The most commonly reported complication from the Pillar Procedure is a partial extrusion, which may require replacement of the implant. Most complications are temporary and resolve within 24 to 72 hours.

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Pillar Procedure Benefits

  • Quick — Requires approximately 20 minutes
  • Effective — Clinically proven results with high patient and bed partner satisfaction
  • Minimally Invasive — In-office procedure under local anesthesia

 

What to Expect After the Pillar Procedure

The Pillar Procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Over the next 8 to 12 weeks, the tiny implants that your doctor inserted into your soft palate will work together with your body’s natural tissue response to add structural support and stiffen your soft palate.  This stiffening helps reduce the tissue flutter or vibration that can cause the snoring sound, as well as the tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause OSA.

3After the Pillar Procedure, most patients experience only minor discomfort and a short recovery time – some return to work the same day. Any discomfort you may feel can be reduced by the use of an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

To ensure that your discomfort and recovery time is minimal:

  • Take all antibiotics as prescribed by your physician
  • Eat soft foods for 24 hours after the procedure
  • Rinse your mouth with salt water after meals
  • If you experience any persistent pain, redness, or bleeding,
    call our office at the number listed below.
  • Return for follow-up appointments as scheduled

Enjoy this quick video about the Pillar Implant Procedure