Obstructive sleep apnea affects 22 million Americans. Left untreated, it can lead to vehicle and work accidents, deterioration in mood and memory, stroke, heart attack and even death.
Inspire is an FDA-approved treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for people who cannot use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
In June 2021, Dr. Monika Freiser, Christopher Roberts and Chadi Makary performed the first Inspire procedure at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center.
OSA occurs when the airways collapse during sleep, blocking the flow of oxygen to the brain. The brain senses a lack of oxygen and wakes the body up just long enough to breathe and then falls asleep again.
This cycle repeats itself throughout the night, causing poor, disruptive sleep.
A gentle stimulation opens the airways during sleep
Inspire works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. Gentle stimulation opens the airways during sleep, allowing oxygen to flow naturally.
The patient uses a small handheld remote to turn on Inspire at bedtime and turn it off after waking up.
The Inspire system is implanted during a brief outpatient procedure. The system is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through two small incisions. Most patients return home the same day and take over-the-counter pain relievers for pain relief if needed.
The safety and efficacy of Inspire was evaluated as part of the Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction (STAR) clinical study. Results from the five-year STAR study show that patients using Inspire experience significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality of life.
“High patient satisfaction.”
There are over 150 peer-reviewed publications on Inspire. These publications show results consistent with the STAR study.
“We are pleased to have completed the first Inspire procedure at Louis A. Johnson VA and to be the third hospital in West Virginia to offer this procedure,” said Barbara Forsha, Interim Medical Center Director.
“Inspire represents a significant advance in the treatment of sleep apnea. It has been clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea events, provide high levels of patient satisfaction and high adherence to therapy.”
Army veteran David Price was the first patient to receive Inspire at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center: “I’m getting more rest,” he said. “It seems like I’m starting to feel better. If you don’t get a lot of rest, you don’t feel good all day.”
For the hesitant or those who don’t like traditional CPAP machines, Price wants all veterans to know, “If you’re having trouble with your CPAP machine, choose the Inspire system.” It’s not that hard to make and it doesn’t take that long to get.”