What is the Pillar® Procedure?
The Pillar Procedure is a minimally-invasive sleep apnea and snoring procedure that stiffens the soft palate through the insertion of small implants and provides relief from symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea. This in-office procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes and is performed using local anesthesia.
Why is the Pillar® Procedure performed?
What does the procedure involve?
During the Pillar® Procedure, a doctor places small woven implants into the soft palate using a special tool. Over time, these implants stiffen the palate, providing structural support and reducing the tissue vibrations that cause snoring. The implants also help eliminate the tissue collapse that obstructs the upper airway and causes sleep apnea.
Benefits of the Pillar® Procedure
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Little or no discomfort during procedure
- Performed in a single office visit
- Local anesthetic used to minimize discomfort
- No removal or destruction of tissue
- Fast and easy recovery
- Resume normal diet and activity the same day
- Most patients experience a significant decrease in snoring intensity within weeks
- Improved sleep apnea symptoms in majority of patients
- Relief from snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea
If you are suffering from snoring or sleep apnea and believe you may benefit from the Pillar® Procedure, the first step is to consult with a sleep health expert. Ear, nose, and throat specialists at eos sleep have extensive experience in treating sleep apnea with minimally invasive procedures, including the Pillar® Procedure. Call 212.873.6036 today or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or to learn more about eos sleep treatment options.
What Is the Pillar® Procedure?
The Pillar® Procedure is a revolutionary, minimally-invasive treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea. It involves the precise placement of very small polyester rods into your soft palate to help stiffen it, reducing the vibration that causes snoring.
Will It Cure My Snoring?
The Pillar® Procedure has been very effective for many patients. However, since every patient is different and may need other types of treatment for their sleep apnea and snoring, it is best to consult with a qualified medical professional who can discuss the procedure and help you decide if it is right for you.
Am I a Candidate for the Procedure?
The best candidate for the procedure is someone with mild to obstructive moderate apnea with associated snoring, primarily caused by their soft palate.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of the procedure does depend on several factors, which will be discussed in consultation. That is why it is best to consult with one of the experts at eos, who will go over everything in detail. Insurance coverage will also depend on your provider and whether the procedure is considered medically necessary. Be sure to reach out to your insurance carrier prior to scheduling treatment.
What Are the Risks of the Procedure?
While the Pillar® Procedure is relatively safe, there is a slight chance of bleeding, pain at the insertion site, and infection in rare circumstances. However, long-term complications are extremely rare.
What Is Recovery After Pillar® Procedure Like?
Most patients quickly recover after the procedure. However, it is not uncommon to feel slight discomfort in your soft palate. It is also not uncommon to possibly have a slight sore throat; however, this will quickly resolve on its own. If you have ongoing discomfort, reach out to your treating physician.