The FDA-approved procedure utilizes specially-designed sutures and suture anchors to elevate and suspend the hyoid bone closer to the jaw. The resulting tension on the soft tissues of the mouth, throat, and tongue provides long-lasting relief and keeps the air pathways free-flowing and stable all night long. AirLift is easy to implant, comfortable, and covered by most insurance programs. The procedure is completely reversible and removable.
A small incision is made under the mandible, and two small suture anchors are inserted under and behind the chin. Two small sutures are used to lift and suspend the hyoid bone closer to the jaw by locking the sutures to the anchors. The position of the hyoid can be adjusted at any time.
“The Airlift procedure has proven to be a great treatment option in those OSA patients who have collapse at the level of the lower throat and tongue base,” says Kiran Tipirneni, M.D., F.A.C.S., of The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates. “When performed as a stand-alone procedure for sleep apnea, most patients can eat a normal meal after the procedure and discomfort is minimal.”
When scheduling your procedure, we will address your condition specifically and determine what the best option for you will be.