The Pillar Procedure

The Pillar Procedure. Your first step for sleeping and feeling better.

Pillar Procedure is a simple, safe, minimally invasive treatment for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Pillar Procedure is a simple treatment that Atlanta Snoring Institute physicians perform in a single short office visit alone or in combination with other procedures. More than 50,000 people worldwide have been treated with the Pillar Procedure. The Atlanta Snoring Institute has been performing the Pillar Procedure since 2006 and performs more Pillar Procedures than any other practice in Georgia.

During the Pillar Procedure, three tiny polyester implants are placed into the soft palate through a small delivery tool without incisions or stitches. Over the next few weeks and months the implants, together with the body's natural fibrotic response, add structural support to and stiffen the soft palate. This structural support and stiffening reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring and the palatal tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea.Pillar Implants positioned in palate

The Pillar Procedure can be performed in approximately 20 minutes during one short visit to the physician's office. Because tissue is not removed, discomfort is minimal. Some patients use an over-the-counter pain reliever after the procedure and most are able to resume normal activities and diet the same day of receiving this snoring treatment.

Each tiny, highly engineered and precisely woven Pillar implant is approximately 18 mm (0.7 inches) in length and has an outer diameter of approximately 2 mm (0.08 inches). The implants are woven from a polyester material that has been used for more than 50 years in implantable medical products. Each Pillar implant is preloaded into a specially designed, single use, sterile delivery tool. The Pillar Procedure does not require the removal of any soft palate tissue. You should not be able to see or feel the implants in your
soft palate. Minimal swelling or discomfort are expected for a day or two after the procedure.

Pillars-with-dimeSome patients report a noticeable improvement within Pillar Implantsweeks.
It usually takes up to three months to realize the full benefit of the Pillar Procedure. If your soft palate is contributing to your snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, the Pillar Procedure may be a good option for you. Only a qualified physician trained in the Pillar Procedure can determine if it's the right procedure to help you. Call today to book your evaluation!

Clinical studies of the Pillar Procedure have shown that:

  • Patients experienced a significant decrease in snoring intensity1,2
  • Bed partner satisfaction with the reduction in snoring after the Pillar Procedure has been documented at 80% or higher1,2
  • Approximately 80% of patients demonstrated a reduction in their AHI, and results were sustained at one year after the Pillar Procedure3
  • Patients experienced less daytime sleepiness and significant improvements in lifestyle after the Pillar Procedure4

    Take the first step towards a better night's sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. Contact an Atlanta snoring doctor to schedule an expert consultation.

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    1. Maurer JT, Verse T, Stuck BA, Hormann K, Hein G. Palatal Implants for Primary Snoring: Short-Term Results of a New Minimally Invasive Surgical Technique. Otolaryngology-HNS 2005 Jan; 132(1):125-31.
    2. Maurer JT, Verse T, Stuck BA, Hormann K, Hein G. Long-Term Results of the Pillar Palatal Implant System for Primary Snoring. Otolaryngology-HNS 2005 Oct; 133(4):573-8.
    3.Goessler UR, Hein G. Verste T, Stuck BA, Hormann K, Maurer JT. Soft palate implants as a minimally invasive treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Acta Otolaryngol. 2007 May; 127(5):527-31.
    4.Data on file.

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    “Snoring left me feeling sluggish and tired all the time. I called The Atlanta Snoring Institute and after a quick 20 minute procedure, I was back to sleeping like when I was in College. ” 

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