The operation begins with a small incision under the neck (usually in an area that is not visible). The hyoid bone, located above your Adam’s apple, is the only bone that does not connect to any other bone. Instead, the hyoid bone supports muscles that are connected to the back of the throat and tongue. Sutures are placed around the hyoid and brought forward toward your chin to give support to the muscles that support the back of the throat. This movement widens the airway in the deep throat. The suture is then tied to the inside of the jawbone with a small screw that you should never feel.
The tongue may then be “suspended.” By placing another stitch around the back of the tongue to prevent the base of the tongue from slipping back at night, like a hammock. You should not feel the suture.