NYC Pillar Procedure
What is the Pillar Procedure?
The Pillar Procedure is a safe, minimally-invasive treatment that stiffens the soft palate through the insertion of small implants that provide relief from snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. This procedure is performed in-office, usually in under 30 minutes.
If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, visit our NYC ear nose and throat practice for a pillar procedure consultation. Dr. David Volpi is a board-certified otolaryngologist with over 25 years of experience performing the latest, minimally invasive ENT procedures to treat snoring, sleep apnea, and other ENT conditions in New York City. As one of the leading snoring and obstructive sleep apnea specialists in the country and the founder of eos sleep, a nationally-recognized sleep center, Dr. Volpi is highly qualified to diagnose and treat your sleep disorders. Learn more about the pillar procedure below, or request an appointment online.
How does the Pillar Procedure work?
During the Pillar Procedure, a sleep doctor will place tiny woven polyester implants into your soft palate, using a special tool, without the need for incisions or stitches. The implants are preloaded into a sterile, single-use, insertion tool. Over time, these implants will improve structural support in your mouth by stiffening the soft palate which reduces the tissue vibrations and collapses that can cause your airway to be obstructed.
The Pillar Procedure is performed under local anesthetic in just one office visit. Once inserted, you will not be able to see or feel the implants. The procedure does not require the removal of tissue, or the use of lasers, chemicals or radio-frequency energy, which results in a shorter recovery time.
What are the benefits of the Pillar Procedure?
This highly effective treatment is minimally invasive and provides long-term relief. Some of the advantages of the procedure include:
- Very little discomfort
- Quick recovery time
- Minimally-invasive procedure performed with local anesthetic
- No destruction or removal of tissue
- Long term results
- Low risk of complications
How long is the recovery period for the Pillar Procedure?
Since the procedure is minimally invasive, most patients can resume normal activities and diet the same day. You may be prescribed anti-inflammatory pain medication to ease any swelling or discomfort that you feel after the anesthesia wears off. You may also be prescribed antibiotics or an antiseptic rinse to prevent infection.
A significant decrease in the intensity of snoring is generally reported within weeks; however, some patients do not experience the full benefits of the Pillar Procedure for several months. A majority of patients find that their snoring and sleep apnea symptoms improve greatly after the procedure.
Are there any risks of the Pillar Procedure?
The Pillar Procedure has relatively few risks, however, as with any procedure, complications may arise. The most frequently reported complication is the tip of an implant protruding through the soft palate tissue. If this happens, the implant can be easily removed or replaced by your sleep doctor. Most potential complications, however, will resolve on their own within a week after the surgery. These temporary complications could include:
- A sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Negative reactions to local anesthesia
- The feeling of having a foreign object in the soft palate
Where can I get a consultation for the Pillar Procedure in New York City?
Dr. David O. Volpi is a sleep doctor in NYC who specializes in the treatment of ear, nose and throat conditions. He is a board-certified otolaryngologist with over 25 years of specialized ENT experience and is known throughout the country for his knowledge of state-of-the-art snoring and sleep apnea treatments.
On staff at New York City’s finest medical facilities, including Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Dr. Volpi provides services at both his Upper East Side and Upper West Side offices.
During your initial consultation, he will conduct a complete physical evaluation to hone in on the underlying cause or causes of your snoring and sleep apnea and develop a personalized treatment plan. If you snore or suffer from mild or moderate sleep apnea, reach out to our office by completing our secure web form.