This implantable upper airway stimulation technology approved by the FDA operates like a pacemaker and stabilizes the throat of a patient during sleep in order to avoid obstruction. The system consists of three components: a programmable neuro-stimulator housed in a chest pocket, a lead sensing pressure that senses the breathing of the patient, and a lead stimulator that provides the tongue nerve with mild stimulation. Via the patient's handheld remote control, the stimulator is operated. In order to subtly stimulate the throat muscles when sleeping, patients switch on the system before heading to sleep.
A small impulse generator inserted under the clavicle, a tunneled breathing sensing lead positioned between the external and intercostal muscles, and a tunneled stimulation lead connected to the hypoglossal nerve branch that generates tongue protrusion is included in the Inspire upper airway stimulation device.
As the sensing lead senses the phenomenon of inspiration, the impulse generator sends a signal to the hypoglossal nerve through the stimulus lead, resulting in a slight forward movement of the stiffened tongue. The impulse generator is similar to a cardiac pacemaker in size and shape, and the newest version is compatible with magnetic resonance imaging.
Inspire sleep Pros:
The Inspire implantable system, such as training, working, and eating, does not interfere with your everyday life. It is also embedded into your body, aside from being lightweight and easily operated by a small portable remote, meaning you won't need all that big space for a cumbersome CPAP machine and then go through the trouble of putting it away when you wake up each morning.
Your doctor may want to see you regularly, once every few months in the first year of your Inspire Sleep system implantation. However, you will need to get a checkup once per year upon the assurance that the system is functioning correctly, and there are no health risks.
The Inspire Sleep battery will last for approximately ten years, after which the remote control will send you signs that the battery is low. To fix the battery, which is a fast and simple process, you will need to see your physician.
A regular, 9-Volt battery that can be quickly replaced is the battery on your remote.
You can easily use the Inspire system at night and before sleep, as it is triggered by just clicking a button on your remote control. It's easy to use at house, on your trips, or wherever that you may need to take a short nap or sleep. It is easily managed even by patients with cognitive disabilities because, like the CPAP system, it does not require complex calibration, setup, and putting away.
Inspire sleep Cons:
The Inspire gadget is inserted under the skin of your neck and chest, unlike the other treatments for sleep apnea, so it may require an invasive medical procedure. After it is implanted, you might also feel low-level pain. However, while an invasive implantation procedure is required, the invasiveness is minimal, as only three tiny entry points are needed.
While the Inspire device's battery life is incredible, lasting up to 10 years, when it begins to run out, the battery will also require an invasive procedure under local anesthesia.
Some Inspire system models are not compatible with MRI scans. That means that because of a high risk of bodily harm to the tissue surrounding the system, you might not be able to get an MRI scan for other possible health problems. However, if your doctor follows strict instructions, the most current variant of the Inspire-the Inspire 3028-is made fully compliant with MRI scans, which ensures you can undergo your health checkups undisturbed.