Pillar Implant

illustration of pillar implants

The Pillar Procedure is a simple, safe, and effective treatment designed to stiffen your soft palate to help you stop snoring. In many cases, it can also help people suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s a relatively painless procedure that can be performed in a doctor’s office in about 20 minutes, using only local anesthetic.

During the Pillar Procedure, Dr. Campano places 3 tiny woven implants (approximately 0.7 inches long and 0.08 inches wide) 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 sleep apnea.

The Pillar Procedure implants are made of a woven polyester material that has been used in implantable medical devices for more than 50 years. Want to know What to Expect with the Pillar Procedure? Hint: You won’t even feel the implants.

Tiny Pillar Procedure implants are inserted into the soft palate to reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring.

What Should I Expect With the Pillar Procedure?

Pillar Palatal Implants size comparison to a dime

This photo shows the implants in relation to a dime for comparison.

During the Procedure

The Pillar Procedure can be done in approximately 20 minutes during 1 short visit to a physician’s office. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the soft portion of the roof of your mouth (soft palate). Then the doctor will insert the implants. Each Pillar Procedure implant is approximately 0.7 inches (18 mm) and has an outer diameter of approximately 0.08 inches (2 mm).

Pillar Implant Procedure

After the Procedure

Once the anesthetic wears off, a small percentage of patients report feeling a minor foreign body sensation after the procedure. This sensation is temporary and should subside and go away within a few days after the procedure.

pillar-three-fiber

The Pillar implants are made of woven polyester fibers.

Some patients use an over-the-counter pain reliever after the Pillar Procedure, and most are able to resume normal activities and diet the same day. Some patients report a noticeable improvement within weeks, while others may take 8 to 12 weeks to realize the full benefit of the Pillar Procedure.

Are the Implants Safe?

Pillar implants are made of a polyester material that has been safely used in implantable medical devices for more than 50 years.