What is the Pillar Procedure?
The Pillar Procedure is the first FDA approved implant treatment designed to stop Snoring and Sleep Apnea. This innovative procedure supports the soft palate tissue and is less painful and costly than conventional surgery.
- The Pillar Procedure involves placing 4 to 6 small inserts into the soft palate (back portion of the roof of the mouth). The implants support the palate to reduce its shaking and vibration in order to stop Snoring and Sleep Apnea.
- The inserts are made from a woven polyester thread that is safe and well tolerated in delicate tissues.
- The procedure is quick and can be performed at our New York City center using a specially designed delivery device to insert the tiny implants. Once healed, you should not be able to feel or see the implants in your soft palate.
- If twilight anesthesia is requested, the Pillar Procedure can be performed in a surgical facility.
- The Pillar Procedure does not involve the use of chemical agents, heating or removal of tissue.
Who is a candidate?
Success for the Pillar Procedure depends on multiple factors including the physical examination, weight, size of the tonsils, tongue and uvula, and neck size. Dr. Kimmelman will thoroughly evaluate you to determine if you are a good candidate for the Pillar Procedure.
Is it safe?
- To date, more than 100,000 Pillar Procedures have been performed worldwide.
- The risk of complication is extremely low as the Pillar Procedure does not involve destroying or removing soft palate tissues.
- Extrusion of the implant is rare. If this occurs, the implant can be easily replaced.
- The Pillar Procedure does not affect swallowing or voice.
How long does it last?
The Pillar Procedure implants are designed to provide a long-lasting effect. The implants are incorporated into the surrounding tissues of the soft palate and stabilize the palate to improve breathing and reduce snoring.
Recovery is usually quick with mild discomfort. You can expect some soreness in the palate for a few days after the procedure. Normal activity can be resumed the same day. Most people resume a regular diet within a day or two after the procedure.