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PMC Offers New Treatment for Sleep Apnea

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea — a disorder where breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. The combination of poor sleep and low oxygen levels puts them at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and mood and memory problems. 

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which has a mask that fits over your nose and/or mouth, and gently blows air into the airway to help keep it open while you sleep. While CPAP can be highly effective, many people find the devices uncomfortable, and so fail to use them as directed. In other cases, CPAP simply may not provide the needed relief. 

A Surgical Option is Now Available

Inspire therapy, a surgical procedure that has been shown to result in a 79 percent decrease in patients’ apnea events during sleep, is a treatment option available at Princeton Medical Center (PMC)

“We are the only hospital in the area offering this procedure, which was FDA approved in 2014,” says Robert Mignone, DO, Medical Director of the Sleep Surgical Program at PMC. “It can change the lives of patients with sleep apnea that is not being successfully treated with CPAP.”

The procedure involves surgically implanting a neurotransmitter, a breathing sensor lead and a stimulation lead through small incisions in the neck and chest. While it is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, some patients may require an overnight stay. 

“The patient turns the device on at bedtime and the transmitter and leads sense breathing patterns and deliver mild stimulation to maintain an open airway and promote regular breathing,” says Dr. Mignone, who is a board certified otolaryngologist. “It functions like a pacemaker functions, but for sleep apnea, not cardiac issues.” 

 Eligible patients:
  • Have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea
  • Are unable to use or do not consistently benefit from the use of a CPAP
  • Are age 23 or older
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 32 or less
 

Inspire therapy is part of the comprehensive care for sleep disorders available through PMC and its Sleep Center, which is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional organization dedicated to assuring quality care for patients with sleep disorders, advancement of research and public and professional education. 

For more information on Inspire Therapy and the PMC Sleep Center, call 1.888.742.7496, or visit www.princetonhcs.org/sleepcenter.

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