The Encore™ System is currently available in the US and the EU. The treatment includes an implant that is surgically placed in the tongue and lower jaw. The purpose of the implant is to prevent obstruction of the upper airway thereby improve breathing during sleep. The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) considers tongue suspension an effective part of the treatment of OSA (AAOHNS Guidelines, Position Statements and Clinical Indicators).
The Encore System has two parts: a suspension loop and a bone anchor. In a simple procedure, the suspension loop is placed into the tongue and the bone anchor is inserted into the lower chin through a small incision under the chin. Once the suspension loop is connected to the bone anchor, your doctor gently advances the tongue out of the airway, preventing it from falling back and blocking the airway during sleep. In some cases, the doctor may decide to place more than one suspension loop to better advance the tongue. The Encore Tongue Suspension procedure may be performed with either local or general anesthesia. The unique design of the Encore System gives the doctor excellent control of the placement of the suspension loop and the amount of tension he applies.
The Encore procedure typically takes less than 40 minutes, is performed by Ear Nose Throat (ENT) Specialists, also known as Otolaryngologists, Oral Surgeons, and other related surgical specialists.
The Encore Procedure offers several significant benefits over current procedures designed to treat tongue-based obstructions in OSA. Some of these are:
Tongue suspension has been demonstrated in several clinical studies to safely and effectively reduce the severity of OSA. The Encore takes tongue suspension to the next level.
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