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, stiffen and add structural support to the soft palate. This structural support and stiffening reduce the tissue vibrations that can cause snoring and the palatal tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea.
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 and you should not be able to see or feel the implants in your soft palate.
Some patients report a noticeable improvement within weeks, but 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.
Clinical studies of the Pillar Procedure have shown that:
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The Atlanta Snoring Institute has been performing the Pillar Procedure since 2006 and performs more Pillar Procedures than any other practice in Georgia.