Is Inspire a safe treatment? Yes Inspire is tested and safe. Inspire is FDA approved for the treatment of moderate-severe obstructive sleep apnea.
Are there some basic criteria to qualify for the Inspire device?
- Body-Mass Index (BMI) of 32 or less
- Unable to tolerate CPAP
- Sleep Study documented moderate-severe apnea
- Completion of a DISE procedure
How does in Inspire (UAS) therapy work?
UAS therapy is a fully implanted system controlled by the patient. Before bed, the patient simply turns the therapy on. The system consists of three fully implanted components: a small generator, a breathing sensor lead, and a stimulation lead. When activated, UAS therapy continuously monitors breathing during sleep and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, keeping the airway open. There is no mask or oral appliance.
Will UAS therapy address snoring?
Yes, data has shown that 85% of bed partners reported either no snoring or soft snoring for their partners using Inspire therapy. T
What does stimulation feel like?
The stimulation should not be painful or uncomfortable. Patients report only a mild sensation from the stimulation. Patients sometimes feel a tingling sensation or mild contraction of the tongue muscles
What does the surgical procedure involve?
The Inspire therapy system is implanted while the patient is under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure. No hospital stay is required.
Incisions are made for the insertion and connection of the sensing lead, the stimulation lead, and the pulse generator.
How often does the system need to be checked by my doctor?
Generally, the system should be checked 1-2 times a year. However, you will be advised of your follow up needs based on your particular situation.
Will this system limit my activities?
Generally no, activities are not limited by the UAS therapy system.
However, during your consultation with Dr Osborne you can discuss your specific questions regarding physical activity.
How is the recovery after surgery?
There is usually some pain and swelling at the incision sites for a few days after surgery. Certain patients require an overnight hospital stay; however, many are able to go home on the same day as the procedure. Within a few days of the procedure, normal non-strenuous activities are often safe to perform. A week after surgery, we will perform an examination to ensure proper healing is taking place. Most patients have a full recovery within a few weeks.