Obstructive sleep apnea affects 22 million Americans. When left untreated, it can cause vehicle and workplace accidents, worsening mood and memory, stroke, heart attack and even death.
Inspire is an FDA-approved obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment option for people who cannot use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.
In June 2021, Drs. Monika Freiser, Christopher Roberts and Chadi Makary completed the first Inspire procedure at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Army Veteran David Price to Veterans having trouble with CPAP machine: “Go for the Inspire system.”
OSA occurs when the airway collapses during sleep and blocks the flow of oxygen to the brain. The brain senses a lack of oxygen and wakes the body up just long enough to take a breath, then falls back asleep.
This cycle repeats throughout the night and causes poor, disruptive sleep.
Mild stimulation opens airways during sleep
Inspire works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. Mild stimulation opens the airway during sleep, allowing oxygen to flow naturally.
The patient uses a small handheld remote to turn Inspire on before bed and off when they wake up.
The Inspire system is implanted during a short, 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 medications to manage pain as needed.
The safety and efficacy of Inspire was evaluated during the Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction (STAR) clinical trial. Five-year STAR trial outcomes show patients using Inspire experience significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality-of-life measures.
“A high level of patient satisfaction.”
There have been over 150 peer-reviewed publications on Inspire. These publications show results consistent with those seen in the STAR trial.
“We are excited to have completed the first Inspire procedure at the Louis A. Johnson VA and be the third hospital in West Virginia to offer this procedure,” said Barbara Forsha, Interim Medical Center Director.
“Inspire represents a significant advancement in treating sleep apnea. It is clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea events, has a high level of patient satisfaction, and a high therapy adherence.”
Army Veteran David Price was the first patient to receive Inspire at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center: “I get more rest,” he said. “It seems like I’m starting to feel better. When 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 would like all Veterans to know that, “If you are having trouble with your CPAP machine, then go for the Inspire system. It isn’t that hard to do and it doesn’t take that long to get.”