An Inspired Approach to Sleep Apnea Surgery
There are many different sleep apnea treatment options available. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP) is the most commonly used treatment for OSA. This treatment works well for some patients, however studies show about 50% of people who are given a CPAP machine don’t use it. Invasive anatomical surgeries aren’t always effective, so what makes Inspire different?
Are you tired of your CPAP? Choose a new way to get more rest.
Inspire is controlled by the patient using the small, handheld Inspire Sleep Remote. The Inspire Sleep Remote is used to turn Inspire on before bed and off in the morning. Additionally, the patient can pause therapy during the night if needed and increase/decrease therapy settings.
- FDA-approved since 2014.
- Outpatient surgery with same-day treatment.
- No face mask, no hose, no CPAP.
How does Inspire Therapy work?
Inspire works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. Inspire delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to open during sleep. The patient uses a small handheld remote to turn Inspire on before bed and off when they wake up. No mask, no hose, just sleep.
How is this outpatient procedure performed?
The Inspire system is made of a small battery and 2 small wires. Inspire is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through three small incisions during an outpatient procedure. Most patients return home the same day and return to non-strenuous activities within a few days. Over-the-counter pain medicine is typically used for a few days after the procedure for pain management.
Is Inspire right for you?Inspire is for people who:
- Have been diagnosed with moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea, specifically an Apnea-Hypopnea Index (i.e. the number of times they stop breathing each hour) between 15 and 65.
- Are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP.
- Are not significantly overweight.
- Are over age 22.
Inspire studies show long-term success.
The safety and efficacy of Inspire was measured during the STAR clinical trial. One-year STAR trial results were published in January 9th, 2014 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, showing patients using Inspire therapy had significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality of life measures. These significant reductions and improvements were sustained over a 5-year follow-up period. As of August 2019, there have been over 90 peer-reviewed publications on Inspire therapy. These publications show that patients using Inspire therapy in real world, clinical practice settings experience significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality of life measures, consistent with those seen in the STAR clinical trial.
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