The Pillar ® Procedure
The Pillar Procedure
treats the soft palate — the most common cause of snoring
and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Pillar Procedure is
relatively painless and can be performed in a doctor's
office in approximately 20 minutes, using only local
anesthetic. The Pillar Procedure does not require the
removal of any soft palate tissue. Patients cannot see or
feel the Pillar implants, nor do they interfere with
swallowing or speech. Many patients resume normal diet and
activities the same day of the procedure.
During the Pillar Procedure, tiny woven
implants are placed into the muscle of
the soft palate using a specially designed, single use,
sterile delivery tool. 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.
As of December 2007, more than 30,000 people worldwide have been treated with the Pillar Procedure.
Clinical studies of the Pillar Procedure have shown that:
2. Maurer JT, Verse T, Stuck BA, Hörmann K, Hein G. Long-Term Results of the Pillar Palatal Implant System for Primary Snoring. Otolaryngology-HNS 2005 Oct; 133(4):573-8. Read More
3. Goessler UR, Hein G. Verste T, Stuck BA, Hörmann 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. Read More