Pillar Implant System (Pillar Procedure)

Treatment of Snoring With Pillar Implant

Definition of Pillar Implant 

Pillar Implant System is an implant system which is developed for soft palate, placed inside the soft palate and provides the soft palate to be stretched upwards. Generally, the placement of 3 implants in the soft palate causes hardening and stretching of the tissue in this region. It can only be done in a doctor's office in about 20 minutes, using local anesthetics and is relatively painless. It can be easily applied in the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The Pillar ® Procedure is a simple, safe and effective treatment procedure designed to stop snoring, providing a soft palate curing and a soft palate placement of implants (The Pillar Palatal Implant System).

The Pillar Implant System is an implant system developed for the soft palate, placed in the soft palate and allowing the soft palate to rise upwards. Placing 3 implants in a soft palate usually causes the tissue on this area to harden and stretch.

Why Pillar Implants Used For Treatment Of Snoring?

The Pillar Procedure ensures that the loose and oscillating soft palate area, which causes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is hardened and tightened. In this way, in the case of sleep, the airway narrows and snoring is reduced. Over time, the fibrotic tissue response occurs, allowing the implants to wrap around them, and to soften the soft palate upwards. In this way, the effects of snoring and sleep apnea treatment may occur during the months, night sweats, tired wake up, sleep satisfaction, such as reduction in complaints can be eliminated.

How to apply Pillar Implant?

It can only be done in a doctor's office in about 20 minutes using a local anesthetic and is a relatively painless procedure. Snoring can be easily applied in the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The Pillar Procedure allows the loose and vibrating soft palate area, which causes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), to harden and tense. In this way, sleeping and airway narrowing and snoring are reduced. Over time, a fibrotic tissue response arises that allows the implants to wrap around them and fix the soft wrist to cure upwards.

The implants used in the Pillar Procedure are manufactured from a woven polyester material used in implantable medical devices for more than 50 years. Pillar implants are approximately 1,778 centimeters long and 0.2032 centimeters wide.
Video of Pillar Procedure
Details of Pillar Pocedure Video
During the Pillar Procedure, a specially trained ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor or other Pillar Procedure Specialist places 3 small woven implants into the soft palate using a sterile placement tool. A fibrotic tissue that fixes the implant due to the natural healing response of the body over time and enables the soft palate to harden and stretch, also reduces tissue vibration that causes snoring. Implants also prevent soft palate collapse that causes upper airway obstruction and sleep apnea.

Misconceptions Related to "Pillar Implant"

The Pillar ® Procedure is an application for the implantation of implants called "Pillar Implants" for the treatment of snoring and simple sleep apnea.

No tissue changes or changes are made during the Pillar Procedure!

No tissue changes or changes are made during the Pillar Procedure. Tissue resection is not performed and the complication rate is very low. The reported complication rate is less than 1% due to more than 45,000 applied Pillar Implant System worldwide. The most commonly reported minor complication is a partial extrusion of the implant (the implant goes out of tissue).

"Pillar Implant", Battery-Free and Structure Is Not Titanium or Metal!

In this system, the name of the implants "Pillar" may suggest that patients may be a battery or an electrical system, but this treatment procedure does not use batteries or electricity.
The battery system "neurostimulator" and pillar implant, which can be placed in the tongue root in sleep apnea, are very different applications.

Again, because of the word "implant" in the name of this system, it can be thought that this system may contain titanium or any metal, such as titanium dental implants; however, Pillar Implants do not contain metal but only polyester-like structure.

Pillar Implant is made of polyester-like material in skin stitches used for many years. These 18mm x 2mm sized implants, which are made of spiral wrapped material on each other, cause the soft palate to harden, resulting in a healing response in 2-4 months after placement in the soft palate. In other words, these implants only prevent the soft palate area from becoming harder and the airway closes in the relaxation phase. In order to be effective, it is necessary to pass 2-4 months since the application area and fibrosis need to start. This effect has been shown to last for at least 10 years or longer.

Pillar Implant Is Ineffective In Airway Narrowing Except Soft Palate Problems!

Implants are placed in the soft palate in the Pillar Implant method. In people with complaints of snoring and softness due to sagging and softening of the soft palate during sleep, these implants are an effective treatment method that can be applied without pain, bloodless general anesthesia.

Patients with sleep apnea and snoring should be evaluated in detail. The regulation of treatments for all areas that contracted or closed during sleep in airlines increases the chance of success. As can be seen in the photo below, only the Pillar Implant application will not be sufficient for the treatment of a patient in whom the tonsils are quite large, the uvula is flaccid droopy.

No Change In Voice, Speech or Swallowing After Pillar Implants Are Applied! 

In the Pillar Implant application, only 3 to 5 implants are inserted into the soft palate. There are no anatomic changes in the throat and neck. Therefore, no changes in voice and speech are expected. In the early period after the application, it can be seen that there is a catching sensation in the palate area. Usually this feeling decreases during the days, but the difficulty of swallowing is not observed.

You can find details at >> Long-term results of pillar implant procedure

Murat Enoz, MD, Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgeon - ENT Doctor in Istanbul

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  1. Thankful to you for this post. This article is really very helpful for those who are looking for Throat Doctor in Los Angeles Depending on the severity of your snoring and other symptoms, your doctor may want to conduct a sleep study. Sleep studies may sometimes be done at home.


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