|Imagine spending just 20 minutes in a doctor’s office to get relief and finally stop snoring or reduce your snoring. You can with the Pillar Procedure from Medtronic.
During the Pillar Procedure, a doctor places three tiny woven implants, which look like tiny soft pillars, into the soft palate using a sterile delivery tool. Over time, the implants, together with the body’s natural fibrotic response, add structural support to stiffen the soft palate and reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring. The implants also help reduce the tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The Pillar Procedure implants are made of a woven polyester material that has been used in implantable medical devices for more than 50 years. Patient’s can’t 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.
See a video of how the Pillar Procedure works.
Clinical studies of the Pillar Procedure have shown that:
1. Maurer JT, Verse T, Stuck BA, Hörmann 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. Read More
Important Safety InformationThe Pillar® Procedure is indicated for use in a) the reduction of symptomatic, habitual or social snoring caused by a flutter of tissue in the soft palate, and/or b) upper airway obstruction in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or “OSA”. The Pillar Procedure is a minimally invasive polyester implant that is used to stiffen the soft palate tissue to reduce the flutter that causes snoring and/or palatal obstruction of the upper airway.More complete information.This therapy is not for everyone. Please consultant an Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) specialist to determine if you are a candidate. This procedure must be performed by a qualified physician. For further information, please call Medtronic ENT at 800-874-5797.
Attention Physicians: For further information, please call Medtronic at 1-800-874-5797 or consult Medtronic ENT’s website at http://www.medtronicsleep.com