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Pillar Procedure in Bakersfield

For patients who have mild sleep apnea or would like to address snoring habits, we may recommend the pillar procedure. Bakersfield Sinus Center offers this treatment to help patients in and around Bakersfield and Porterville, CA, overcome snoring.

What is the Pillar Procedure?

The pillar procedure is a very minor surgery that involves implanting small rods into the mouth to relieve snoring. In many cases, snoring is caused by the relaxation of muscles in the back of the throat. When they relax, they vibrate easily, producing sound in the form of snoring. With the pillar procedure, we implant small rods into the part of the throat that relaxes and causes snoring. By providing support to the tissue, the vibration can be stopped and snoring can effectively be relieved.

Pillar Procedure in Bakersfield, CA
Pillar Procedure in Bakersfield, CA

Why Choose Satish R. Vadapalli, MD for Your Pillar Procedure?

Dr. Vadapalli specializes in treatments that involve the nose, mouth, and their related areas. With over two decades of experience, he is an ideal candidate for performing the pillar procedure and related treatments. No matter what treatment you are receiving, you can always expect the attentive and personalized care for which we are known.

What is the Pillar Procedure Like?

The pillar procedure is typically performed with local anesthesia. After numbing the treatment area, the small pillars will be implanted into the tissue using a dedicated implantation device. Multiple polyester rods are implanted during the treatment, but it takes less than an hour to perform.

What is the Pillar Procedure Recovery Like?

The pillar procedure is quite brief and simple, so the recovery process is not severe. You’ll be able to resume your normal activities, including eating and drinking, the same day as your treatment. However, you may experience minor swelling or discomfort in the throat for a few days. Anti-inflammatory medication can help manage these effects until you are fully healed.

What Results Can I Expect from the Pillar Procedure?

The pillar procedure can produce immediate effects regarding a patient’s snoring habits. These results will continue to improve over time as the tissue surrounding the implants begins to harden. However, the pillar procedure is not suitable for all patients who suffer from snoring or sleep apnea. This treatment is typically recommended for those with milder symptoms, and they are the ones who tend to experience the most significant results.

Are you considering the pillar procedure at Bakersfield Sinus Center? If so, contact us today to schedule your initial appointment with Dr. Vadapalli. We will assess your condition in order to determine if you are a good candidate for the pillar procedure. We welcome patients from Porterville, Bakersfield, and the neighboring communities of California.


"I have been a patient of Dr. Vadapalli since 2006 when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I have always been happy with the service I received at this office. Dr. Vadapalli is an attentive and caring doctor. I highly recommend him for your medical needs."

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