Clinical Study Results
Clinical studies of the Pillar Procedure have shown that:
- Patients experienced a significant decrease in snoring intensity.1,2
- Bed partner satisfaction with snoring reduction after the Pillar Procedure has been documented at 80% or higher.1,2
- Approximately 80% of patients demonstrated a reduction in their sleep apnea hypopnea index (AHI), and results were sustained at 1 year after the Pillar Procedure.3
- Patients experienced less daytime sleepiness and significant improvements in lifestyle after the Pillar Procedure.4
Compared With Other Snoring Treatments, Sleep Apnea Treatments
If you compare the Pillar Procedure with other palatal surgical procedures, you’ll see there are several key benefits of the Pillar Procedure:
- Minimally invasive. The Pillar Procedure is done in 1 brief office visit. Other palatal procedures may require multiple treatments over a series of visits, or an operating room procedure.
- Minimal discomfort. The Pillar Procedure doesn’t involve the permanent surgical removal of tissue or require lasers, radiofrequency energy, or chemicals to destroy tissue. The Pillar Procedure causes minimal discomfort, and most patients resume normal diet and activities the same day.
- Results. Some patients report a noticeable improvement in snoring within weeks, while others may take up to 3 months to realize the full benefit of the Pillar Procedure, which is designed to have a lasting effect.
Compare the Pillar Procedure with other Snoring
And Sleep Apnea Treatments
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Data on file.