Medical Minute 3-22: Stop Snoring for Good!

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Even if you think you don't, chances are you do. 55-million Americans snore- Larry Ellis is not one of them-not any more!

"I was in need of some help."

Doctor Matthew Mingrone sees up to ten patients a day just like Larry and Jay Lamm.

"My wife would wear ear plugs and taco the pillow around her head every night," said Jay Lamm.

After 15 years of sawing logs, Jay Lamm is getting the pillar procedure. Four to six tiny polyester implants are placed into his soft palate. The implants add support, reducing the tissue vibration that causes snoring.

"Implants are like putting a batten on a sail - to stiffen it."

Done under local anesthesia, the entire procedure takes 15 minutes. Some patients deal with sore throats for a few days afterward. Results can be heard within days, but improvements can take up to six months.

"This is … absolutely … can be life changing."

"I can breathe better through my nose. it's so good now, in the evening when I go to sleep, I can breathe through my nose," said Larry Ellis.

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