Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pillar procedure for sleep apnea

I read about this new procedure for sleep apnea, it is called the pillar procedure. Three tiny polyester implants are inserted into your soft palate. This in turn will stiffen the soft palate and add support to it. Since the soft palate is one of the areas that causes blockage during sleeping this can be effective in eliminating that blockage.

The procedure is done in the doctor’s office, no hospital stay. Unfortunately this procedure has only been effective for mild cases of obstructive sleep apnea. When I went to see my ENT he told me immediately that I wasn’t a candidate for the procedure. Which is unfortunate, considering it sounded so promising.

But then again I don’t know if my insurance company would have paid for it anyway.

Here is a video on the procedure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I73Qqz4u-s0

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