FDA Clears First Implantable Medical Device Treatment for 12 Million Americans Who Suffer with Sleep Apnea

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 2004-- Pillar(R) Procedure offers less painful, less risky, first-line alternative for treating this serious medical condition; Helps patients get a good night's sleep

Imagine if you stopped breathing in the middle of the night. Now, imagine doing that hundreds of times a night. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, that's what more than 12 million Americans suffer from each evening. It's called sleep apnea, a serious health condition causing constant interruptions from sleep and depriving sufferers from the benefits of deep sleep. For the first time, patients with sleep apnea can avoid painful surgery and uncomfortable, life-l