New implantable device eases sleep apnea

Inspire Stimulator Gives Sleep Apnea Suffers Their Lives and Good Sleep Back

University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Freeman said he was diagnosed with the condition in 1995, which hindered him and others he slept with to get a good night’s rest.

And, he’s not alone. 18 million Americans suffer from the sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea (like in Freeman’s case). With OSA, the tongue and soft tissue block the airway, which can cause pausing between breaths or shallow breathing.

And, the snoring isn’t half the problem – sleep apnea raises the possibility of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart attack and heart failure. Since it causes disruption in sleep, it could potentially lead to traffic and workplace accidents due to the sleepiness.

When Freeman was diagnosed with sleep apnea, the doctor prescribed CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), which is extremely effective to people who can tolerate it. However, nearly half of patients who use it don’t like it. Freeman tried it but never could get the benefit out of it.

CPAP machine alone and uses the device when backpacking. His friends were happy with the results.

Withrow said it’s a great alternative to the various surgical methods in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

There are 65 percenters around the nation who use the Inspire device, which has had a high success rate in patients who suffer from OSA.

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