Hyoid Suspension


The Hyoid Suspension is a procedure which was developed specifically for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The operation advances the tongue base and epiglottis forward, thereby, opening the breathing passage at this level. The hyoid bone is located just above the thyroid cartilage (“the Adam’s apple”). The procedure is done through a small horizontal incision in a convenient skin crease in the upper neck and takes under an hour to perform. By detaching two tendons on the upper surface of the hyoid bone and some of the muscle on the lower surface, the hyoid can be advanced over the thyroid cartilage and secured in position. Since the vocal cords are not manipulated, the voice should remain unimpaired.