Raza Pasha on the Sleep Apnea “Pillar Procedure”

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 14:56
Posted in category sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders

pillar procedure for sleep apneaI ran across this article on About.com. Nice to hear that she has had such a high rate of success. Could be something to ask the doc about next time I’m in.

“Raza Pasha, Board Certified ENT at West Houston Doctors Center, Houston, I asked about the pre-testing done to determine if a patient is suffering from severe sleep apnea.

Dr. Pasha explained that there are three factors involved. First an examination of the patient’s history including sleep patterns, and the observation of a bed partner, if any. Second is a thorough physical examination of the upper airway. And third, if it’s deemed necessary after the preceding examinations, a sleep study.

Dr. Pasha has performed the Pillar procedure successfully on many patients. When asked about adverse reactions, he explained the only adverse reaction is partial extrusion of one of the implants through the skin. /this is easily remedied by removing the implant and inserting another.

Dr. Pasha went on to explain that the Pillar procedure is the least invasive and the least painful of the twelve procedures he does, including tonsillectomy and UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.)

The Pillar procedure is available in the offices of most Otolaryngologists (physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck.) The success rate varies from about 70% to 95%, depending on how thorough the pre-examinations are.

The Pillar procedure has FDA approval and has recently been approved by Health Canada. On October first, 2006, Medicare will begin coverage of the procedure if it’s done in outpatient surgery in a hospital. It’s hoped that soon Medicare will also cover treatments done in the doctor’s office.

For more information on the Pillar Procedure, check out Dr. Pasha’s website: Breathe Freely.

via About.com

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