This innovative system works with your natural body processes by delivering mild stimulation to a specific nerve, called the “hypoglossal nerve.” This nerve has the function of controlling tongue and muscle motion in the airways of the body. The mild stimulation delivered by the Inspire device to that nerve leads to healthy night breathing.
An Inspire therapy-trained doctor will also evaluate your overall health status and perform a physical examination of your airway to determine if Inspire therapy might be a suitable CPAP alternative for you.
The surgery is minor and is performed on an outpatient basis. The Inspire system is placed beneath the skin of the neck and chest and involves only three very small incisions. As the incisions are small, recovery time is typically very short. It is normal to experience pain and swelling for a few days, which is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. In only a few days patients can resume normal activities, and full recovery is expected within one or two weeks, based upon the rate of healing of the individual.
Inspire therapy nerve stimulation is not uncomfortable. Patients report a mild tingling sensation, or a mild contraction of the tongue. The level of stimulation is adjustable and will be customized to suit you and your response to the treatment. The stimulation provided by the system is controlled with a remote and can be turned on and off as needed. The treatment involves simply activating the device before sleep and then turn it off when you awaken.
The first step in determining if your insurance will pay for this treatment is to meet with you and evaluate your condition. If you have tried other treatments without success, your health insurance may pay for some or all the procedure, depending upon your plan. We help our patients get insurance questions answered, and we can work with you to seek approval from your provider for this advanced treatment.
Sleep apnea has been identified as a possible precursor to very serious health conditions, including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, or memory loss. Treating the condition quickly and correctly can go a long way in protecting your health. At South Florida ENT Associates, our team of board-certified ear, nose and throat specialists are happy to discuss this innovative treatment with you in an initial consultation to evaluate your case of sleep apnea.
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