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Pillar Procedure

For Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Related Products for Sleep Disorders

We offer a variety of surgical solutions for sleep disorders that can be used in conjunction with the Pillar Procedure, a minimally invasive treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.


AIRvance System for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

AIRvance System for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The AIRvance™ Bone Screw System enables surgical treatment of tongue- and hyoid-based obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep disorders affect approximately 70 million Americans1,2 and have a significant impact on an individual’s health and quality of life,1,3-6 as well as his or her bed partner.7

For treating obstructive sleep apnea, there are two surgical procedures that may be performed with the AIRvance System: tongue suspension and hyoid suspension. The tongue suspension procedure can be done with or without the adjunct hyoid suspension procedure. Advantages of the AIRvance procedures include:

  • Quick (about 30 minutes for each procedure)
  • Low technical complexity
  • Effective8
  • Reversible

Learn more about the AIRvance System for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

*As of August 2011 the Repose® brand was changed to AIRvance.

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Straightshot M4 Microdebrider and Blades


Straightshot M4 Microdebrider for Powered ENT Surgery

The Straightshot® M4 Microdebrider is an innovative powered handpiece for ENT surgery that helps improve intraoperative functionality and precision when incising or removing soft tissue, hard tissue, or bone. Winner of a Medical Device Excellence Award, it’s the first microdebrider that lets you rotate only the tip of the curved blade during ENT surgery. This allows you to perform 360-degree cutting in the frontal sinuses, a more complete removal of polyps and mucin in the maxillary sinuses, and gain greater access to target tissue in the lateral and posterior areas of the airway.

We offer a complete line of blades and burs that makes the Straightshot M4 Microdebrider the most versatile handpiece for ENT surgery in adults and children.

Our microdebrider blades for obstructive sleep apnea caused by inferior turbinate hypertrophy and enlarged tonsils and adenoids include the items below.

Inferior Turbinate Blades


Innovative Inferior Turbinate Blades for Powered Inferior Turbinoplasty

Our patented Inferior Turbinate Blades for powered inferior turbinoplasty can help you reduce inferior turbinate volume while preserving mucosa and avoiding unpredictable damage to surrounding tissue. Clinical studies demonstrate significantly better long-term results and a reduced risk of complications.1-6

Learn more about our Inferior Turbinate Blades.

PITA (Powered Intracapsular Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy) Blades

Obstructive sleep apnea is now the most common reason children have their tonsils and adenoids removed. Using the PITA™ Blades and technique, you can remove tonsil and adenoid tissue more precisely and effectively, without damaging delicate throat muscles. That’s why this method is associated with less postoperative pain, a faster recovery, and fewer postoperative complications.7-9

See our ENT Product Catalog for blade measurements and ordering information.



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Berger G, Ophir D, Pitaro K, Landsberg R. Histopathological changes after Coblation® inferior turbinate reduction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2008;134:819-23.


Lee JY, Lee JD. Comparative study on the long-term effectiveness between Coblation- and microdebrider-assisted partial turbinoplasty. Laryngoscope 2006;116:729-34.


Huang TW, Cheng P. Changes in nasal resistance and quality of life after endoscopic microdebrider-assisted inferior turbinoplasty in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2006; 132: 990-993.


Sacks R, Thornton MA, Boustred RN. Modified endoscopic turbinoplasty – long-term results compared to submucosal electrocautery and submucosal powered turbinoplasty. Presented at: American Rhinologic Society Spring Meeting; May 13 – 16, 2005; Boca Raton, FL.


Atef A, Mosleh M, El Bosraty H, El Fatah GA, Fathi A. Bipolar radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction of inferior turbinate: Does the number of treatment sessions influence the final outcome? Am J Rhinol 2006; 20: 25-31.


Derkay CS, Darrow DH, Welch C, Sinacori J. Post-tonsillectomy morbidity and quality of life in pediatric patients with obstructive tonsils and adenoid: microdebrider vs electrocautery. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2006; Jan; 134(1):114-20.


Koltai PJ, Solares CA, Mascha EJ, Xu M. Intracapsular partial tonsillectomy for tonsillar hypertrophy in children. Laryngoscope 2002;112:17-19.


Schmidt R, Herzog A, Cook S, O’Reilly R, Deutsch E, Reilly J. Complications of tonsillectomy. A comparison of techniques. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2007;133:925-8.




Brain Facts, A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System. Society for Neuroscience, 2008.


Sleep Apnea. Am Fam Phys 2005; 72(7):1319-20.


National Sleep Foundation: ABCs of ZZZZs. Accessed February 10, 2010.


Beninati W, et al. The effect of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea on the sleep quality of bed partners, Mayo Clin Proc. 1999 Oct; 74(10):955-8.


Thomas A, Chavoya M, Terris D. Preliminary findings from a prospective, randomized trial of two tongue-base surgeries for sleep-disordered breathing. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2003;129(5):539-546.