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The Pillar® Procedure
The Pillar® Procedure is a minimally invasive alternative that contributes to effective treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and disruptive snoring.
Less invasive and less painful than surgical tissue-removal procedures, it only takes a single, short office visit for your physician to perform the Pillar Procedure. Made of materials used in medical procedures for many years, Pillar inserts are designed to be invisible, and should not be felt or interfere with swallowing or speech. Many patients resume normal diet and activities the same day.
FDA-cleared and clinically proven, the Pillar Procedure has achieved results comparable to those of more aggressive surgical procedures - with very low complications. Most patients soon report a noticeable, lasting reduction in snoring. In a clinical study, nearly 80% of patients' sleep apnea was reduced. Patients also experienced less daytime sleepiness.
HOW THE PILLAR® PROCEDURE WORKS
The Pillar Procedure addresses one of the anatomical components of sleep apnea and snoring: the soft palate. During the Pillar Procedure, three tiny woven inserts are placed in the soft palate to help reduce both the vibration that causes snoring and the ability of the soft palate to obstruct the airway. Once in place, The Pillar inserts add structural support to the soft palate. Over time, the body's natural tissue response to the inserts increases the structural integrity of the soft palate.
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The Pillar Procedure uses three tiny inserts made from a soft, woven polyester material used in implantable medical products for more than 50 years.