Treating Sleep Apnea with Inspire® Therapy

While the CPAP mask is the most common approach to treating sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, it does not work for every patient. For sleep apnea sufferers who are unable to continue wearing the CPAP mask, Middlesex Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in Connecticut to offer Inspire therapy—a revolutionary new alternative to surgery that provides relief from obstructive sleep apnea.

How Does It Work?

Inspire therapy uses stimulation therapy for apnea reduction. It is made up of three small parts: a generator, a breathing sensor lead and a stimulation lead. These parts are implanted under general anesthesia during a simple outpatient procedure, or in some cases, an overnight stay may be required.

During a follow-up visit, the system will be activated and optimized for your specific needs. Then, when you’re ready to start using it at home, you simply turn it on before bed using the handheld remote. The system monitors your breathing while you sleep and, based on your unique breathing patterns, gently stimulates the muscles needed to keep your airway open throughout the night. This stimulation is very mild and not painful or uncomfortable. Inspire therapy does not require you to wear a mask or an oral appliance.

Is It Right for You?

Inspire therapy is designed for patients who haven’t been successfully treated with the CPAP mask, and who can’t—or prefer not to—undergo more extensive surgical procedures. To be a candidate for Inspire therapy, you must:

  • Be age 22 or older
  • Have moderate to sever Obstructive Sleep Apnea with an Apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) between 20-65 and <25% central sleep apnea
  • Not be able to be treated with the PAP mask
  • Pass a comprehensive airway anatomy exam
  • Not have any diseases or other conditions that could disqualify you
  • Have a body mass index at or below 32

How Long Is the Recovery After Surgery?

The implant procedure is among the most minimally invasive. For a few days after the implant, you will most likely have some minor swelling and discomfort near the incisions. You should avoid strenuous activities for a couple weeks, but you’ll be able to return to normal non-strenuous activities within days. Best of all, you can look forward to a good night’s sleep again.

To learn more and view additional FAQs, you can visit the Inspire website.

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