The Pillar Procedure from Medtronic: A Simple In-Office Treatment That May Stop Snoring....
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, the surgeon 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 may help to reduce the tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway, though only in a limited number of mild cases of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Moderate to severe cases of obstructive sleep apnoea are not suitable and should be seen by a sleep physician and not a surgeon.
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 a normal diet and activities the same day of the procedure.
The Pillar Procedure is now available exclusively at The Westbourne Centre. It is a one off procedure and the total cost is £1650.