Inspire therapy is a breakthrough implantable treatment option for people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who are unable to use or get consistent benefit from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). While you’re sleeping, Inspire monitors every breath you take. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the Inspire therapy delivers mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve which controls the movement of your tongue and other key airway muscles. By stimulating these muscles, the airway remains open during sleep.
The Inspire therapy device is controlled by a small handheld sleep remote. The remote allows you to turn Inspire therapy on before bed and off when you wake up, increase and decrease stimulation strength, and pause during the night if needed.
How does Inspire Therapy Work?
Inspire therapy works inside your body with your natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. It continuously monitors your breathing patterns while you sleep. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the Inspire therapy delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open while you sleep.
The Inspire therapy is controlled by a small handheld sleep remote, and consists of three components: a small generator, a breathing sensor lead, and a stimulation lead. Simply turn the therapy on at night before bed, and off in the morning when you wake up.
What does the surgical procedure involve?
The Inspire therapy is typically implanted during an outpatient procedure under general anesthetic. The Inspire therapy is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through three small incisions. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks that you should be aware of. You should discuss the specifics of the procedure with your doctor.
What does the stimulation feel like?
You should feel a mild sensation from the stimulation. Typically, patients feel a tingling sensation or mild contraction in their tongue muscles. The stimulation should not be painful or uncomfortable and the level is adjustable. Your Inspire therapy-trained doctor will make any adjustments as needed.
Am I still a candidate for Inspire therapy if I have a pacemaker?
Having a pacemaker does not disqualify you from becoming a candidate for Inspire therapy. The Inspire trained doctor will evaluate your sleep apnea history and overall health, including heart health, before deciding if Inspire is right for you.
Will Inspire therapy help with Snoring?
Data from the Inspire clinical trial showed that 85% of bed partners reported either no snoring or soft snoring by their partners using Inspire therapy.
Recovery time after surgery will vary from patient to patient, but you can expect some pain and swelling at the small incision sites for a few days after the implant. Based on your recovery, you may be able to go home the same day of your procedure or your Inspire therapy-trained doctor may want to keep you overnight.
Within a few days following the procedure, you should be able to return to normal non-strenuous activities. You should avoid strenuous activities for about two weeks or as directed by your Inspire therapy-trained doctor. A week after surgery, your doctor will examine you to make sure you are healing properly. Most patients have a full recovery within a couple of weeks.