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The Pillar Procedure

Pillar Procedure is a simple, safe, minimally invasive treatment for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Pillar Procedure is a simple treatment that Dr. Kassir performs in a single short office visit alone or in combination with other procedures.

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The Pillar Procedure

by Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.

The Pillar Procedure. Your first step for sleeping and feeling better.

Pillar Procedure is a simple, safe, minimally invasive treatment for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Pillar Procedure is a simple treatment that NY Snoring & Sinus physicians perform in our office in a single short office visit alone or in combination with other procedures. More than 30,000 people worldwide have been safely treated with the Pillar Procedure.

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During the Pillar Procedure, three tiny polyester implants are placed into the soft palate through a small delivery tool without incisions or stitches. Over the next few weeks and months the implants, together with the body's natural fibrotic response, add structural support to and stiffen the soft palate. This structural support and stiffening reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring and the palatal tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The Pillar Procedure can be performed in approximately 20 minutes during one short visit to our office. Our double-board certified doctor will evelaute and recommend the best option for you. Because tissue is not removed, discomfort is minimal. Some patients use an over-the-counter pain reliever after the procedure and most are able to resume normal activities and diet the same day.

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Each tiny, highly engineered and precisely woven Pillar implants is approximately 18 mm (0.7 inches) in length and has an outer diameter of approximately 2 mm (0.08 inches). The implants are woven from a polyester material that has been used for more than 50 years in implantable medical products. Each Pillar implant is preloaded into a specially designed, single use, sterile delivery tool. The Pillar Procedure does not require the removal of any soft palate tissue. You should not be able to see or feel the implants in your soft palate. Minimal swelling or discomfort are expected for a day or two after the procedure.

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Some patients report a noticeable improvement within weeks. It usually takes up to three months to realize the full benefit of the Pillar Procedure. If your soft palate is contributing to your snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the Pillar Procedure may be a good option for you. Only a qualified physician trained in the Pillar Procedure can determine if it's the right procedure to help you. Call today to book your evaluation! Our pillar procedure doctor will help you answer any questions you may have and provide you with the best treatment.

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Clinical studies of the Pillar Procedure have shown that:

  • Patients experienced a significant decrease in snoring intensity1,2
  • Bed partner satisfaction with the reduction in snoring after the Pillar Procedure has been documented at 80% or higher1,2
  • Approximately 80% of patients demonstrated a reduction in their AHI, and results were sustained at one year after the Pillar Procedure3
  • Patients experienced less daytime sleepiness and significant improvements in lifestyle after the Pillar Procedure4

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