Compare Sleep Apnea Treatments

Surgical treatment options to address the soft palate component of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have traditionally involved the scarring or removal of tissue. A minimally invasive option to treat the soft palate is the Pillar Procedure from Medtronic. The table below lists common soft palate procedures for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Soft Palate Procedure Patient Visits Invasiveness Post Procedure Pain Most Likely
Potential Complications / Side Effects
Reversible
The Pillar Procedure: Using local anesthetic, the physician uses a specially designed delivery tool to place three tiny implants into the soft palate to support and stiffen the palate. Procedure takes one brief visit to the physician’s office. One Least
Invasive
Low Partial extrusion
(less than 1%)
Yes
Sclerotherapy. A small amount of a caustic chemical (called a sclerosant) is injected into the soft palate, which burns and destroys soft palate tissues. The destroyed tissue is replaced by scar tissue that stiffens the palate. Local anesthetic is used. Multiple     Ulceration and breakdown of mucousal membranes No
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation. Relatively low-level heat, generated by radiofrequency energy, is used to destroy soft palate tissue. Local anesthesia is used. Multiple     Ulceration and breakdown of mucousal membranes No
Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP): The surgeon uses a laser to cut away the uvula, the tissue that hangs from the middle of the back of the roof of the mouth. Patient may be under local anesthetic or general anesthesia. Multiple     Transient velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), a poor seal between the pharynx and soft palate, causing regurgitation of food and water when swallowing and adversely affecting speech. No
Uvulopalato-pharyngoplasty (UPPP) Surgical removal of tissue, which may include the uvula, soft palate, tonsils, adenoids and pharynx. One Most
Invasive
Very High Post-operative hemorrhage. Transient velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), a poor seal between the pharynx and soft palate, causing regurgitation of food and water when swallowing and adversely affecting speech. No

This comparative chart is based upon published literature and is not based upon head-to-head clinical comparisons of the Pillar System with any other product or treatment modality. The physician and patient must determine if the characteristics and features of the Pillar System are right for them.

For more information about The Pillar Procedure or to schedule a consultation, call Advocare Aroesty ENT Associates Phone Number 973 770-7101 or request a consultation online.