Studies have reported few complications associated with the pillar procedure. The most commonly reported complication is a tip of an implant protruding through the soft palate tissue (partial extrusion). In that case, the implant can be either removed or replaced.

Other potential complications are usually temporary and resolve on their own, often within a few weeks after surgery. They include:

  • Sore throat
  • Feeling of having a foreign body in the soft palate
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty swallowing

As with any surgical procedure, infection is a possible risk. If you develop a fever after the procedure, contact your doctor.

Mar. 09, 2011