What is the Inspire Procedure?

The Inspire Procedure offers new hope for individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), offering an innovative alternative to traditional treatments like CPAP machines. This cutting-edge approach involves a small, implantable device that works inside your body with your natural breathing process to keep your airway open during sleep. Designed for those who struggle to be comfortable with CPAP therapy, Inspire brings a new lease on life, promising improved sleep quality, energy, and overall well-being.

The Procedure Experience: Inspire for Sleep Apnea in Louisiana

Experiencing the Inspire Procedure is straightforward and minimally invasive, designed to be as comfortable as possible. The surgery to implant the device is typically performed under general anesthesia. You will be “asleep” and feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. 

The Inspire Procedure involves implanting a small device under the skin in the chest area. This device includes a stimulation lead placed near the hypoglossal nerve, which controls tongue movement, and a breathing sensor lead that detects the patient’s breathing pattern. After healing, the device is activated and programmed to deliver mild stimulation to the nerve, preventing airway obstruction during sleep. This innovative treatment requires a short recovery period, with patients often returning to normal activities shortly after.

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What is the Recovery After an Inspire Procedure?

The recovery time after the Inspire Procedure is relatively brief, and you can expect to resume your regular activities within a few days. The initial discomfort and swelling are typically mild and manageable with prescribed medication. Post-operative care includes follow-up appointments to ensure the device functions correctly and to adjust settings to achieve optimal performance. Once activated, the Inspire device works quietly during sleep, with many patients reporting they don’t feel it but just enjoy the benefits of restful sleep, healthy breathing, and more daytime energy.

Who is a Candidate for an Inspire Procedure?

Ideal candidates for the Inspire Procedure typically include those who:

  • Have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Are unable to tolerate or benefit from CPAP therapy.
  • Are not significantly overweight.
  • Have airway structures conducive to the procedure, as determined by a medical evaluation.

Testing for Eligibility for Inspire for Sleep Apnea

It’s essential to have a comprehensive sleep study and evaluation by a sleep specialist to determine your suitability for the Inspire Procedure. The series of tests can include:

Sleep Study (Polysomnography):

To assess the severity and patterns of sleep apnea.

Anatomical Assessment:

Using imaging techniques like MRI or CT scans to evaluate airway structure.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Check:

To ensure the patient’s weight is within the recommended range for the procedure.

ENT Specialist Evaluation:

A thorough examination to identify potential anatomical issues affecting the device’s effectiveness.

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Why Choose Us?

Southern ENT Associates is dedicated to providing the highest quality medical and surgical care for conditions affecting the ear, nose, throat, and breathing passageways. Our team comprises board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons and providers who employ evidence-based ENT medicine to ensure long-term relief for patients of all ages. Our patient-first philosophy prioritizes understanding your needs with custom treatments for sleep apnea. 

Throughout treatment, we emphasize an educational approach, empowering you with the knowledge and tools to take control of your health. Our comprehensive network of specialists across the ENT spectrum provides a convenient and comprehensive resource for your ENT health needs, including treating sleep apnea with advanced treatment options such as Inspire. At Southern ENT Associates, you can expect personalized, one-on-one care and a warm bedside manner, with a collaborative patient-physician relationship for a superior outcome.

Inspire Procedure FAQ

How does the Inspire Procedure work?

The Inspire Procedure involves implanting a small device that monitors breathing patterns during sleep. When obstruction is detected, the device delivers mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve, which controls tongue movement, to keep the airway open.

Is the Inspire Procedure safe?

The Inspire Procedure is considered safe and effective for treating obstructive sleep apnea. As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, which your doctor will discuss before proceeding.

What is the recovery like after the Inspire Procedure?

Recovery from the Inspire Procedure is typically quick, with most patients able to resume normal activities within a few days. Some discomfort and swelling around the implant site are common but usually resolved within a week or two.

Will I still need to use a CPAP machine after the Inspire Procedure?

Many patients find that the Inspire Procedure significantly reduces or ends the need for a CPAP machine. However, individual results may vary, and our specialist will provide personalized recommendations based on your specific needs.

Am I a candidate for the Inspire Procedure?

Ideal candidates for the Inspire Procedure are typically those with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who have not responded well to CPAP therapy. A thorough evaluation by a sleep specialist is necessary to determine eligibility.

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